Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Galatians 6:7-16 We Reap What We Sow

KEY TEXT: Galatians 6:7-10 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he 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. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 

KEY THOT: Here is described a very important spiritual principle derived from God’s nature: namely, sowing and reaping. We reap whatever we sow: if we sow love, we reap love. If we sow friendship, we will reap friends. But if we sow suspicion, we will reap discord. If we sow doubts, we will reap unbelief and faithlessness. We are mocking God if we expect him to bypass this law for us simply because we are saved by grace. 

Therefore, if we sow to the sinful flesh by seeding negative thoughts, careless words, and sinful acts, we will reap a harvest of spiritual and moral corruption. On the other hand, if we regularly sow to the Spirit by seeding our mind with God's thoughts (from His Word), speaking words of praise and thanksgiving and engaging in godly activities like Christian ministry and evangelism, we will reap a harvest of eternal life. In other words, God's life will overflow in and through us to bring life to others.  The seeds that we sow come mainly from the thoughts we feed our mind with, the books and materials we watch and read daily, the activities we engage in and company we spend time the most time with. 

In the area of our thought-life, Paul exhorts believers to focus on positive thoughts: "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Our personal transformation begins with the renewal of our mind. Paul in Romans 12:2 says we are to "be transformed by the renewing of your mind." One way to sow seeds of positive thoughts in our mind is to engage in reading God's Word daily and also to read a godly book whenever we have free moments. It's a good habit to always have a Christian book with us to read when waiting for people, waiting for bus or plane or whatever. These "moments" can add up to minutes and hours of feeding our minds with positive and godly thoughts.

The other area we need to watch out for is our words. Jesus says we speak out of the abundance of our heart. Careless words spoken that are hurtful, critical or unbelieving can corrupt not only us but also our hearers. If we sow negative words when we speak, teach or preach, we will reap the negative harvest of spiritual corruption and hinder the grace of God from flourishing in our midst.

The other area we need to pay attention to is what we do and the company we keep. Our activities (especially recreational) can become seeds of corruption if we are not careful e.g. playing sexually explicit and violent computer games can make us immune us to sex and violence. Spending a lot of time with ungodly company can also corrupt us as soul-ties are established that grieve and quench the Spirit within us. On the other hands, if we engage in activities that promote godliness and the kingdom, we can be sure we are sowing seeds of eternal life. Furthermore, spending more time with godly believers will also mean our fellowship with God will be strengthened. All these are godly seeds that result in a harvest of righteousness rather than sin. 

Remember that Paul is writing to the Galatian believers and he is constantly warning them not to take God's grace for granted, even though he argues very strongly in this epistle against Law-righteousness. Freedom in Christ means we have been liberated from the bondage of one-choice lifestyle (sin) to the freedom of two-choice lifestyle (Spirit or flesh). And depending on our daily choice to walk by the Spirit or the flesh, we will reap different harvest. In Galatians 5:19-24, Paul delineates clearly for us the two kinds of harvests: the "works of the flesh" and "the fruit of the Spirit":

  • Galatians 5:19-24 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

May God grant us the wisdom to walk by the Spirit daily by sowing godly seeds in what we think, say and do so that we may reap a godly harvest.

Father, grant us wisdom to sow to Your Spirit so that we may reap a harvest of eternal life. Amen.

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