REAPING WHAT WE SOW
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Galatians 6:7, 8
What kind of harvest will be produced in our lives? It is fairly easy to forecast. It depends on the kind of seed that we are sowing. If we are sowing to the flesh, we are bound to “reap corruption”; if we are sowing to the Spirit, we will “reap life everlasting.” These verses serve as a warning or a caution. God does not want us to be “deceived.” God does not want us to think that we can put the wrong kind of seed in the ground and produce the right kind of fruit. It is not possible to sow to the flesh and reap a spiritual harvest. At the same time, we can be assured that if we plant the right kind of seed, there will come a harvest that will be pleasing to God.
We should not be deceived about this matter. Sometimes the enemy wants us to believe that we are wasting our time serving the Lord. He casts doubt on the integrity of God. God says, “Be not deceived.” If we sow the right seed, we will see a good harvest.
There are three laws of the harvest that we need to remember. First, we reap what we sow. What are we doing with our time, our money, and our talents? Are they being invested in eternal things? Are we making decisions and spending our energies on things that are carnal or spiritual? If we expect a spiritual harvest, we must plant spiritual seed. The greatest thing that we can do with our lives is to invest them in the Lord’s work.
Secondly, we reap after we sow. If we want to reap, we need to get busy sowing. It would be a foolish farmer who stands around waiting for the crops to grow when he seed has not been sown. It is never too late to start sowing the right kind of seed. We should be sowing love, deeds of kindness, prayers of faith, acts of obedience, etc. There can be no reaping without sowing. A lifetime of sowing will produce a bountiful harvest.
Finally, we reap more than we sow. When a grain of corn is planted, a stalk of corn is produced. On that single stalk, one will find many ears of corn, and each ear contains scores of kernels of corn. We reap much more than we sow. God wants us to see that there is great spiritual reward for those who sow the right seed. Keep sowing, beloved.