Sowing and Reaping
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 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.”
God does not change. The word we use for this attribute of God is “immutable”. Similarly, God has laws He set in place that do not change. One of these is the law of sowing and reaping.
In this scripture today, Paul says there are reliably natural consequences to our actions, and we cannot fool God into changing them no matter how smart or clever we think we are.
For example, if a farmer sows corn into the ground, he can never expect to harvest potatoes instead of corn. Similarly, apple seeds sown yield apple trees, and eventually apples will be reaped, not oranges.
In the past, many of us have sown fleshly acts to please our own lusts and desires, and we have reaped plenty of heartache and destruction back not only upon ourselves, but upon our loved ones as well. Bad decisions always have bad consequences; maybe not at first, but it is inevitable eventually.
The good news is that this law works the same way if we are sowing good decisions guided by the Spirit of God into our lives and the lives of others. We will always get good spiritual results.
What have you been sowing recently?
Tell the Father you want to sow good seed into good ground. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you evaluate the seed you’ve been planting.
Dive Deeper: Study Galatians 6; Matthew 13:1-23.