Friday July 27, 2018
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Back during the times of the Bible, even now, farmers and those in agriculture have had a lot of experience with planting seeds. They know first hand that whatever seed you plant, is what is going to grow. If you plant wheat, you get wheat. If you plant barley, you get barley. This concept is simple, but lets dive a little deeper.
I want to give a quick look at both sides of the verse, “… A man reaps what he sows.” (v. 7) One side, is the sinful side. We all inevitably sin because it is our nature. But is there something holding you back? Is there a sin in your life right now God is calling you out of? For many guys, including myself, it has been lust. Every man struggles with this at some point in their life. Sowing this seed too deeply can have a lasting effect on our relationships and our future family. I don’t even want to begin to think about something silly like that ruining my family. And it won’t.
The other side of the verse is the side sowing to please the Spirit. This is the side I have begun to genuinely and intentionally live on. This is the side that leads to eternal life. As my friend Chris would say, “I want me some of that.” The Spirit tugged on my heart to start this blog. I had never really written much and still don’t really consider myself a “writer”, but I wanted to help others. I wanted to encourage and walk side by side through the bible with people.
One final important piece of knowledge on planting a seed, is that it takes time. It takes patience. I feel like God is always teaching me patience, which probably means He thinks I really need to work on it. “…for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (v. 9)
What seeds are you sowing in your life? Good? Bad?
How can you sow new seeds in your life?
Dear Lord, give us fresh eyes to see the seeds you want us to stop sowing. Help us rely on the Spirit for wisdom in that. Help us to not grow weary in sowing the beautiful seeds we have planted in our lives. Amen.
Have a great day!