As a prelude to a future bible lesson that will appear on this website, I want to briefly take a look at the notion of sowing seeds. Conventional wisdom tells us that when we sow something into the ground that we can expect that which we have planted to grow. For example, when a farmer plants apple seed, in the future, he expects that he reap apples. When a gardener plants sunflower seeds, in the future, he expects that sunflowers will bloom.
In other situations, we can see this principle of sowing seeds and how we can expect to reap that which we have sown. For instance, a man who sows a life of crime can expect to reap prison. A woman who sows hard work and commitment to her job, in turn, reaps a promotion. This concept of sowing and reaping is also central to our lives as Christians. The Bible tells us in Galatians 6: 7-8, that whatever we sow, we also shall reap. Depending upon how you are living your life, the sowing and reaping principle can be good news or bad news.
The good news is that if you are sowing good seed, you can expect that the seed will grow and good things will happen in your life. The bad news is that if you are sowing bad seed, you can expect that the seed will grow and bad things will happen to you. And so, as you walk through this life…as you make your daily decisions, you are sowing seeds. The question of the day is: What kind of seed are you sowing?
When I was in my mid-twenties, I started to gain some wisdom and understanding about life. It was at that time that I made a promise that I wasn’t going to create anymore problems for myself. I realized that life was tough enough without me adding more problems to it! Do you anyone who just adds problems to their life? Unfortunately, many of the bad decisions we make eventually cause us much trouble and sorrow.
The Bible carefully points out in Galatians 6: 7 that, “God cannot be mocked: A man reaps what he sows”. The Word of God is giving us a stern warning! God cannot be tricked, disrespected, gotten over on or made a fool of… Eventually, whatever you sow that too you shall reap. I can think of so many instances in scripture where a bible character was either punished or rewarded according to what they had done. Abraham was faithful and was rewarded with Heaven. Job was steadfast in his time of trouble and was rewarded with prosperity. King David committed adultery and destroyed Bathsheba’s relationship with her husband. David was then punished by having much trouble in his own family. Even though it sometimes takes awhile—eventually we will reap what we sow.
As you go about making your life choices and decisions, realize that God cannot be mocked. At some point, there will be significant consequences when we do that which is wrong. On the flip side, when we do that which is right, we can expect to reap blessings in our lives. Try to do the right things in life—and then be confident that God will allow you to reap a harvest from the good seeds you have sown.