What are you sowing? Just one simple question recently asked by my pastor in a sermon. It wasn’t elaborated on or even the main focus of his message, but has since then still laid heavy conviction upon my heart. Galatians 6:7-9 states,
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
What does sowing to your own flesh look like? If you back up to Galatians 5:19-21, you’ll find a list of fleshly deeds such as immorality, strife, jealousy, anger and disputes just to name a few. In other words, anything that is not of God, good or holy is of the flesh. Therefore sowing to the Spirit is the opposite. Galatians 5:22-23 lists the fruit of the Spirit: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL.
Now back to the question. What are you sowing…in your relationships with family, friends, neighbors? in your time with God? in your prayer life? in the workplace? in your parenting? If all you are sowing is fleshly deeds and desires, how then can you expect to reap anything good? Take for instance your relationships. If you are NOT sowing love, joy, peace, kindness and gentleness into those relationships how then will they ever grow in a positive, Christ-like way?? It’s impossible. You can’t reap something that has not been sown.
Now let’s take it one step further. How much are you sowing? 2 Corinthians 9:6 states,
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
The more you sow the more you reap. It’s that simple. If you want a more bountiful harvest, you must intentionally pour more time, energy and effort into the planting season. But perhaps you say, “I have been sowing of the Spirit and have yet to see the harvest.” Look back at Galatians 6:9 “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Just be patient. The harvest time WILL come at just the right time.
I want to close by encouraging you to truly invest into sowing of the Spirit in ALL things and in ALL relationships so that your harvest will be bountiful with blessings and your heart full of joy and of Christ.
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31