BE CAREFUL HOW YOU SOW
“Now the one who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with the one who teaches it. Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool. For a person will reap what he sows, because the person who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the family of faith.” Galatians 6v6-10
In the book of Galatians, Paul the Apostle teaches the difference between outward fleshly ceremony and inner spiritual reality of Christian living. The former was the shadow and was performed by people as they obeyed the letter of the Jewish law. The latter is the spiritual reality today and is brought about by the Holy Spirit of God in our innermost being.
When the farmer sows seeds of wheat, then a crop of wheat will result. If he sows a field of thistles, he cannot expect a harvest of good wheat. It’s so obvious, yet in the aspect of our spiritual lives somehow we can become blind to the obvious – what we sow today we will reap in the months/years to come and/or in eternity.
The farmer selects the best seed to sow, the right seed to sow, the seed that will produce a plentiful harvest. As he tends the ground and the emerging crops, he takes time and effort to ensure the harvest will be good.
Paul warns against sowing worldly, self-centred “seed”. He warns about the resulting harvest that will result in impoverished and damaged spiritual lives. What spiritual seed are you sowing? Is it seed that will ultimately glorify God and be spiritually profitable for you and others? Is it seed sown in God’s spiritual field, rather than sown in worldly desires and pleasures?
As you tend the seed crop, the good spiritual seed will be nurtured by the action of the Holy Spirit, bringing about growth and increase. A boy sowed a few small loaves and fishes into a hungry crowd; the Lord brought a miraculous increase by supernatural means and fed a multitude.
But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6v33). If we would draw nearer to God then we must sow more to the Spirit and less to our own wants and desires.
So today let’s check our motives in all things and ensure that we truly sow for God’s Kingdom and not for the kingdoms of this world, for self-satisfaction or comfortable living.
God would challenge each one of us: are we seeking out the good seed, seed that is for His Kingdom and His glory?
Are we ready to take the time and effort to ensure that this seed germinates, and grows strongly?
What kind of harvest does each of us anticipate in our Christian lives and in eternity?
Let’s be earnest in the things of God so that we will reap a good spiritual harvest, and in eternity hear the Divine commendation: “well done, good and faithful servant!”