You’re Gonna Reap

Galatians 6:7-9 7Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.  8For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.   9And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.
 
If we are going to be led by the Spirit of God, we have to sow towards the things of the Spirit. We see in this verse that whatever we sow is what we are going to reap. What we are seeing in our lives is a direct reflection of what we are sowing into. If we are sowing into the things of God- spending time in the Word, praying and fellowshipping with our Heavenly Father, we are going to get a spiritual return- direction, guidance, and protection. The Bible tells us that if we sow to the things of our flesh, we will only reap destruction and ruin. One way we sow in to the things of God is to surrender our lives- to lay down what we want in favor of what He wants. When we make that commitment He then gives us His ability to help us walk it out. I think of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane before He was arrested and persecuted and crucified. In Luke 22:41-43 41And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw and knelt down and prayed,   42Saying, Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but [always] Yours be done.  43And there appeared to Him an angel from heaven, strengthening Him in spirit. Jesus sowed into the things of the Spirit, laid down His will and received supernatural strength from Heaven to help Him carry out His destiny. If Jesus had to make a conscious choice to not give into His flesh, how much more do you and I have to fight to not sow into our flesh?
 
Today’s passage promises us- If we do not grow weary and lose heart, we will reap a return on the seed we sow.  It doesn’t say if we do good for a few weeks we will reap.  It doesn’t say if we build up our Spirit man for a few months we are going to see a harvest. It merely says if we do not grow weary in what we are doing, we will reap. Talking about sowing and reaping makes me think of farming. If a farmer plants some corn, does He go out the next day and expect to see corn stalks in the field? Does He go out the next week and expect to start harvesting his crop? Of course not! He knows that there is an appointed time for His seed to produce fruit. On the average, sweet corn takes anywhere from 60-90 days to fully mature, but the timing may vary from year to year, and season to season. The temperatures and the climate are all factors in the length of time it takes for the harvest to come forth. Something else I found interesting is that while corn for eating takes 60-90 days to come forth, the corn that is used for seed to reproduce new cornstalks, takes six months to bear fruit. It’s the same way with our spiritual lives. We cannot read our Bibles one day and expect to be instantly led by the Spirit of God. We have to develop our Spirit man, mature in God and then we will learn how to be led by Him. Don’t get weary if you are not seeing the results you desire in your spiritual life. Evaluate to see where you’re at, and if you are sowing into the things of God keep on, don’t give up and you will reap your harvest in due season.
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One response to “You’re Gonna Reap

  1. Thanks Pastor Liz for the encouragement. I went to see Joyce Meyers last night, and this was what she preached on! I love your analogy of the seed corn vs the corn for eating! We are in the race for the long haul, and some days it can seem really long. I am just glad that God has given me the Grace each new day to go longer and stronger! Praise God for your spirit of encouragement! God Bless

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