Posted by: missionventureministries | August 15, 2011

WE REAP WHAT WE SOW – Galatians 6:7-9

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this  he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh  reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap  eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap  if we do not grow weary.”

While Paul encouraged Christians to share and do good; he reminds them of the principle of sowing and reaping. If the past has taught us anything it is that every cause brings its effect, every action has a consequence. Let us look at gardening as an example: If a person plants an orange tree, he will reap oranges; if he sows weeds, he will reap weeds. The same happens in our lives as good produce good and evil leads to evil.
 
Character cannot be counterfeited, nor can it put on and cast off as if it were a garment to meet the whim of the moment. Like the markings on wood which are ingrained in the very heart of the tree, character requires time and nurturing for growth and development. Thus also, day by day, we write our own destiny; for inevitably we become what we do. In the end, we are all the sum total of our actions.
 
Our present state reveals much about our history. What we are today is due to what we did in the past. We are the ones that need to have a desire to change and we must accept responsibility for our actions, for God will demand it of us one day; either at “the judgment seat of Christ” – 2 Corinthians 5:10; or at “the great white throne” judgment – Revelation 20:11-15. It is up to us to decide.
    
In life we are given two options.
1.  Either we sow to the flesh – “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption” – Galatians 6:8a. This entails the works of the flesh described in Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Therefore, those who sow to the flesh reap corruption, sorrow, disease, damnation and they will not inherit the kingdom of God and will instead experience the wrath of God! – (Ephesians 5:5-7)
 
2.  Or we sow to the Spirit – “the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life” – Galatians 6:8b. This entails walking in the Spirit – “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please” – Galatians 5:16-17. Therefore, those who sow to the Spirit reap everlasting life, abundant life, salvation. They will also reap the fruit of the Spirit which is: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” – Galatians 5:22-23.
 
We can’t do both (see above – Galatians 5:16-17); so which will it be?
 
We should sow to the spirit by doing good to all, especially brethren – “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith” – Galatians 6:10.
 
This is the context of Paul’s remarks on sowing and reaping, “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-7. 

What we become tomorrow will be due to the decisions we make each moment of every day. We can change, if we do not like what we are today. We can turn to Christ and He will help us as we make Him the Lord and Savior of our life: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” – 2 Corinthians 5:17.
 
Paul tells us: “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” – Romans 12:1-2. So by practicing His presence we become a new person. There will be a dynamic transformation in your life when you are living under His Lordship; when this takes place, you will know it; others will know it and all of heaven will be aware of the transforming power of the indwelling Holy Spirit in your life.
 
It is vital that you know: What occupies and dominates your life, thoughts, desires and actions each day?  Is my mind fixed on how I can please my God and Savior in every thing that I say, think and do?  Do I long to worship and honor Him more humbly and fervently, can I honestly say that I have unconditionally surrendered my life and will to His absolute Lordship? Or am I still running my life my way? Only thinking of what I desire and want, my plans and goals, what will gratify me now, not considering and obeying the commands of God that He has given me in the Bible; His blueprint and plan for a humble, holy and fulfilling life.
 
Eternal life awaits those who are willing to sow to the Spirit by patiently doing good …to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life” – Romans 2:7
 
Remember that you reap what you sow, you reap later what you sow, and you reap more than you sow.

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