You Reap What You Sow!
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Gal 6:7 NKJ)
Okay, so you don’t like the title of this article. I don’t blame you. We often think about reaping what we sow in a negative way. But... let’s consider the statement, not only as a warning, but also a powerful promise!
One of the most powerful principles in the kingdom of God is the law of sowing and reaping. The bible says “…whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap.” This verse is specifically referring to sowing into our sinful nature. If I continue to entertain the lusts of my flesh, I will reap the destructive consequences. In contrast, the scriptural application of this principle in the area of giving money is much more widely taught, and often abused. If we give a little, we can expect to receive a little. If I give a big donation, God will make me rich. It is true that God blesses us according to the measure of our true and sincere giving, but scripture proves that the application of this principle goes into every area of our lives.
What is powerful about this principle, just like any kingdom principle, is that it reveals that there is a way in which things work. The law of sowing and reaping says that if I sow a certain type of seed, I can expect a certain type of harvest. This expectation is key. It means that if I would like a certain type of fruit or crop in my life, I can sow seed into good soil and I can expect to receive the specific type of crop for which I was sowing seed. This is a great place of hope! There are answers to the problems we face.
However, very often we never attain the things we hope for because we never take the initiative to sow the right seed and nurture the crop until we can receive a harvest. In fact, at worst, we hope for something, do nothing to sow into it (or quit midstream), and then blame God because He has not fulfilled our hope. I still hope to play guitar well, but I can’t play very well. There is good reason for this. I don’t practice enough. I can pray and fast and hope and plead with God, but until I start sowing the seed of hours of practice, I cannot rightly expect the fruit of the ability to play guitar well.
It is a good practice to evaluate the type of seed we are sowing in every area of our lives, in our relationships, in our finances, in our jobs and callings. What type of crop do you want? Are there desires you believe God has put in your heart that are unfulfilled? Do you have godly longings for a certain type of life, yet you are not reaping such a harvest? Having a problem with lust? There are reasons for this. One reason could be that the proper seed has not been sown and nurtured until harvest. It could be that the wrong seed has been sown. The great hope is that there is a way to obtain the harvest you are looking for!
Start faithfully sowing the right seed and expect the right harvest. Go ahead, "You reap what you sow!"