You Reap What You Sow

Have you heard the saying, “You reap what you sow?” Do you believe that saying to be true? If so, what are you sowing? Are you reaping what you have sown? Have you ever stopped, or at least slowed down, to think about it?

Most, if not all, of us have heard the saying. In fact, we may have even said it about others. We really like to say that when someone we know has done something very wrong and are now reaping the punishment or backlash from their wrongdoing.

But we must take stock in our own sowing. We must evaluate what we are doing, how we treat others, what we are saying about others, what we are reading, viewing, hearing. All of this is sowing. We are sowing ideas, whether false or true by what we read, watch, or listen to.

We also sow by our actions. When we go about doing good for others, we reap good. When we deny good or do bad to others, we reap the bad. When we complain about everything, is it any wonder we feel bad? When we talk negatively about others, is it any wonder others talk negatively about us?

More important than any of the above, we need to sow to please the Holy Spirit—God. Notice what we get in return as Paul tells the church in Galatia, we receive eternal life. Far too often we sow for the short-term gain of this life rather than for the long-term gain of eternal life. At some point, we reap what we sow. I don’t know about you, but I want to sow to gain eternal life. After all, it never ends, unlike this physical life we are living today.

I pray we all sow to please the Holy Spirit. I pray we sow to receive eternal life. I pray each one of us refuse to give up and sow to reap a harvest far beyond what we can imagine. Be mindful of what you sow. Sow to receive eternal life. Sow to please the Holy Spirit. Sow to reap a wonderful harvest.

Galatians 6:7-10 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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