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Sowing and Reaping






In Galatians 6:7-10 it says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” I want to draw your attention to the last verse, which says, we are to do good especially to the household of faith (which is the church) as we have opportunity. As I lay awake one night, thinking about some problems that I had, I began asking the Lord why? Why? How many of you have been there before? While I was lying there, the Lord began to show me that we are family oriented but God is not, God is family (The Church) oriented. He showed me that we see our problems, but we don’t see the problems going on in the lives of our brothers and sisters in the Lord, whereas, God does. Next, God showed me that we have the ability to fix some problems in our lives on our own, but we can’t fix everything, however, we can fix things in the lives of other people that they cannot fix. Church is about God’s family. God brings us together as His family, and as His family we solve family problems. God has someone somewhere out there that has the solution to the problems that we can’t solve. Israel is a good example of this; Israel was going through problems that they couldn’t solve so God sent someone who could. He sent a man by the name of Moses. Moses had problems that he couldn’t solve so God sent a man by the name of Jethro. This is the way God works; God sees His family as everybody.

Whether you realize it or not, we are constantly sowing spiritual seeds or fleshly seeds. Seeds are sown by our actions and we can sow those seeds in many different ways. Our actions, however, are simply just a result of our thought life. In other words, “as a man thinketh, so is he.” Our thoughts will determine how our actions will be displayed. If we set our minds on the things of the flesh then our actions will line up with that and we are going to reap fleshly things. But, if we set our minds on spiritual things then our actions will line up with that and we will reap spiritual things. In verse 10 Paul tells us that when we have an opportunity to do good to grab a hold of it, but I want to bring to your attention that he is teaching this within the context of “sowing and reaping.” I really believe this is one of the great keys. Sowing and reaping is about living a life under the control of the Spirit of God. When we sow to the flesh we are out from under the control of the Spirit of God. When we allow ourselves to get so wrapped up in our own lives and our own problems and don’t have the time to get involved in the lives of others, we are actually sowing to the flesh. I’m not saying we should neglect our families, what I’m saying is that, we should be just as concerned with other people’s problems as much as we are our own and especially those who are of the household of faith. What did Jesus say about how they would know we are Christians? He told us that it would be because of the love that we have for one another.

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