Quick Contemplation 5

Sowing and Reaping

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature, will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7, 8

I always find it very interesting to watch the process of farming through a year. In the spring the farmer prepares the fields and sows the seed. Then there follows the months of growth during summer until harvest day comes when the crops are reaped, threshed and sent to market.

It is obvious that there is a direct relationship between the seed that the farmer sowed and the harvest he reaps. In short, he reaps what he sows. Wheat seed produces wheat, barley seed yields barley and so on. The rule is inflexible.

Paul used this illustration of farming to show the Galatians that the same rule applies to the lives of every one of us. We reap what we sow, there is no deviation from that. Sin brings destruction but the Spirit yields eternal life. And here is another important point, each one of us is continually sowing seed in our lives. Unlike farmers, however, we are not able to let the fields of our lives to lie fallow. You are sowing all the time, whether you realise it or not.

This tells us that there is no such thing as a neutral life, a kind of middle road where we can live as we see fit and hope that we will not be sowing seed that offends God. No, it is one or the other, we are either sowing to our sinful nature or to the Spirit. And the reaping of harvest will come.

Graham Kissack

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