We Reap What We Sow

February 24, 2015

                                                                              We Reap 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).

It gives us concern when we see the indifference many have toward the things of God. We know that it will only be because of the mercy of God if they enjoy any of God’s blessings. They will either suffer from the chastisement of God, or from that which is the inevitable result of imprudent acts. I Samuel 2:30 says, “Them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.”            What reason do you have for not taking more seriously what God says in his Word? Do you have doubts about whether the Bible is really God’s Word? Have you known people who were a failure in life because they patterned their life after the precepts they found in the Bible?

Parents make an effort to have their children out at the street when the school bus comes by. Employees make an effort to get to work on time. They do so because they know what the consequences will be if they don’t. Our text says that if we fail in our duty to God there will also be consequences. Are you convinced of that? The law of sowing and reaping is a law of nature. Farmers know that if they don’t sow, or if they don’t sow good seed, they will reap the consequences at harvest time. The law of sowing and reaping applies also in the spiritual realm.

We can’t help but sow. We all do it. Just to live is to sow. The question is, what are we sowing to? Our text says there are two possibilities. It is either to the flesh or to the Spirit.

To sow to the flesh is to live to satisfy the necessities and desires of the flesh. There are normal necessities and desires of the flesh. They are the needs that must be satisfied every day. Our time is occupied in meeting those needs. They are legitimate needs. Obviously there is nothing wrong in meeting those needs. There is always the temptation to go beyond the need. That is indulgence. It might be in over eating or sleeping more than we need to. Above and beyond that there is what the Bible calls lasciviousness. That word means that which excites unbridled lust. That definitely takes us into those things that are unquestionably sinful.

To sow to the Spirit is to make a conscious effort to serve and please God. It isn’t to serve the human spirit because it is written with a capital letter. This is something that only born again Christians can do. Romans 8:8-9 says, “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” God’s people have the Spirit dwelling in them. The Apostle Paul told the Corinthian believers that they were the temple of God and that the Spirit of God was dwelling in them. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” To sow to the Spirit demands dedication and discipline. It is to make a conscious effort to serve and please God.

God has a great work he wants to do in this earth, but Matthew 9:37 says “The laborers are few.” Many are cutting themselves off from a tremendous harvest because they are occupied with fleshly things. Our text calls it “sowing to the flesh.” We live in a time when a multitude of material and fleshly things are within our reach. Yes, you can have those things, but what will be your reward? Our text says it will be corruption. A good part of the rewards for those who sow to the Spirit will be “life everlasting.” That speaks of heavenly rewards. They are rewards we will enjoy for all eternity. We should be among those who have their affections set on things above. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2).

What are you sowing? What are you sowing to? Will you reap that which is corruptible or that which is eternal?

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