Sowing and Reaping
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. – Galatians 6:7
I remember when I used to think that I could live any way that I wanted and still have God on my side. I acted as though I had found a loophole in the Bible. I thought I could sin willfully, ask the Lord to forgive me, and all was just fine. I got what I wanted, God was happy to forgive me, and if my life had ended…I would be with Him in Heaven because I had “asked for forgiveness.” This is the way the majority of Christians choose to live in this day and time. The devil does a good job at deceiving us. In fact, read the verse for today’s WMD one more time.
God put into place a law. Like the law of gravity, this law works whether you are a Christian or not. It is the law of sowing and reaping. About a month ago, I put some watermelon seeds in the ground. I don’t expect to reap corn from those seeds. Why in the world would I expect anything other than watermelons at harvest time? Of course, that example sounds ridiculously obvious. However, there are people that do this with their lives all the time. I know because I used to do this with my own life. I see kids in school that never do their work, never pay attention in class, and could not care less about their education. At the same time, those same kids expect for life to magically work out for them. They expect that they will still have a high paying job and a high quality of life. I have been a teacher long enough to see that there is a direct correlation to a kid’s quality of schoolwork and eventual quality of life. You reap what you sow. I love to see the students on Senior Awards day light up when they receive thousands of dollars in college scholarship money. It is the reward they reap for sowing discipline in the classroom.
I see this in other areas of life as well. I hate to see marriages disintegrate. Every marriage had to start out fairly solid. I mean, the two people dated, won each other’s heart, and decided that their next step was to spend the rest of their lives together. So before God and family, they make a lifelong commitment to each other. Yet, half of these marriages end in divorce. What happens? I don’t know the details of every divorce, but God does, and I would almost guarantee that it has to do with this concept of sowing and reaping. A man gets a job that requires 80 hours a week of his time. He never spends any time with his wife and she gets lonely. They begin to “grow” apart. Another man is addicted to pornography. He is always critical of the way his wife looks because she can’t live up to the computer images he looks at every day. He doesn’t see his wife as beautiful anymore and certainly doesn’t pursue her. What good could possibly come out of this situation other than a few minutes of temporary pleasure? People continue to find out the hard way that these seeds produce pain, hurt, and eventually divorce. It NEVER says that on the package. Other seeds of destruction include lying, cheating, laziness, illegal activity, addiction, gossip, hatred, and being unable to forgive as Christ forgave you. If you have been sowing these seeds for a while…destruction is coming! Being a Christian does not make you immune to the law of sowing and reaping any more than it makes you immune to the law of gravity.
What if a person chose to live a different way? What if a person started off every day by reading the Word of God? What if they prayed? What if they sowed good seeds by simply asking their Heavenly Father to help them honor Him in absolutely everything they were about to do that day? I believe God would honor that request. I believe you would flee sexual immorality. I believe you just might be inclined to work at your school work or your job like you are working for the Lord Himself. I believe you just might leave work to go on a date with your wife. I believe you just might start sowing good seeds that produce abundant life instead of the seeds of destruction.
Here is the deal: Good seeds and bad seeds are eventually going to produce a crop. Neither good seeds nor bad seeds immediately produce crops. But, harvest time does eventually come. Everyone will see exactly what you have been planting.
Today, examine the seeds that you are sowing in your own life. What will they eventually produce?
God is not mocked. A man reaps what he sows.