Brothers and Sisters,
(Galatians 6:7-9) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
The principle of sowing and reaping is spread throughout the Bible. There are numerous examples of this principle given in scripture. David committed adultery and murder. He then suffered through the death of his son. Moses lost his temper and struck the rock the second time and as a result he was not allowed to enter into the promised land. Samson did not keep his Nazarite vows and ended up blinded and in a Philistine prison. I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.
“For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”. We should consider this every time we take action to do anything or even make a decision because what we do or decide can have an effect on the rest of our life. Actions do have consequences.
“For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption”. Fornicators and adulterers many times have to live with the consequences of their actions for the rest of their life. Many homes and marriages have been broken up all because of either the husband or wife being unfaithful to their mate. Little babies born out of wedlock and many of these small children are referred to as a mistake. What a tragedy.
One night of partying can lead to DUI charges or even worse being involved in a car wreck where someone is killed and the drunk driver receives a lengthy prison sentence for his/her actions. Many thieves, liars and extortioners have been convicted of crimes and required to pay restitution and/or spend time in prison. So, the Bible is true when it says that whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Many may say, but I never got caught. Maybe not in this world, but be assured God is keeping a record and one day they will have to answer to a higher power than the courts of law here in this life.
As we are thinking on this principle of sowing and reaping, I want us to also see the positive side of this principle. “But he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting”. It is true that when we sow to the flesh, we’ll reap corruption, however, it is equally as true that if we sow to the Spirit, we shall reap life everlasting. I’m sure we would all agree that this is the side of the coin we would all like to end up on.
Now, let’s pay especially close attention to this last phrase, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”. What a great promise in the Word of God and this promise is given to each and every one of us if we’ll just not give up. I know that life sometimes gets discouraging and the devil will whisper in our ear, “what’s the use”. But if we’ll keep this principle of sowing and reaping in the back of our minds when we take action or make a decision in life and keep on doing what we know is the right thing to do, then sometime in the future we’ll be reaping what we sow.
So, let me encourage you to not give up or throw in the towel because even though you may not reap all the benefits of what you sow in this life, “in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”.
(Psalms 126:6) He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.