“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
I had the chance to hear a message preached about this subject of “sowing” and “reaping” last week from a youth pastor. It’s been a message that has pushed me this past week, it’s challenged me and it’s honestly woke me up a lot. What’s cool to see is that this world God has created runs from a simple farming system. I grew up next to farms and spent a lot of hot summers working on them so I’ve had the chance to see this process up close.
Im sure we’ve all heard of this process and most of us had heard of these verses before but do you truly believe that this process is not just for farmers, not just for plants, but this process is also true in YOUR life.
It’s a daily process of sowing seeds. Whether we realize it or not, we are sowing seeds every single day. The unfortunate thing, which I’ve noticed with me is that I’ll get upset, complain, and compare my life with someone else that may have different fruit growing in their lives. They have all the things I want, I look around and see no results so I want to give up, make excuses and complain but at the end of the day, how does that help? It simply doesn’t. It’s a simple process, if you sow to your flesh, if you decide well I really want this piece of cake because your flesh desires that sugar high and satisfaction. Then, you enjoy that so much you decide to do it a few more times and as you sow seeds to your fleshly wants and desires you’re going to reap a harvest of bad health. Obesity. Not being able to go and do all you have been called to do, because you are too weighed down by all the bad seeds you’ve sowed. What you sow is what you’re going to reap. It’s simple.
And sowing to your flesh is bigger than just your health, it’s everything. If you watch things on tv or the internet that you shouldn’t watch, you chase the desires and sexual lusts of your flesh then you are sowing seeds to your flesh that will bring you reaping a harvest of lustful thoughts and actions that you can’t control. You look at your spouse differently, you hinder your relationship with the Lord. There is so many areas that you can sow bad seeds in our lives that can reap a harvest that really really sucks. So what do we do about it?
Instead of complaining and wishing for better, sow better. Sow good seeds, sow seeds to the Spirit. Those seeds can be staying in the Word and spending some serious time with the Lord there. Talking to the Lord and spending time with Him in prayer, where sowing good seeds begins. Ask God for help and guidance in doing this. When I first heard this message I just wanted good fruit in my life for myself but after sowing some good seeds, being opened up to a harvest of seeing God and all He has done and continues to do in my life. And seeing just how amazing this relationship with Him is, I don’t just want good fruit for me, I want it for God, because I love God and I want this fruit to impact others to show them how great this life with God is!!!
Sowing good seeds to the Spirit, you’ll notice some quick returns on your investment if you are investing in Him and investing in knowing Him deeper. But the hard part about farming and this process of sowing good seeds, it takes time for the seeds to grow. That’s where I struggle the most. The middle part of the process, “cultivation.” It can be hard when you don’t see any of the results coming from all the good seeds you’ve been sowing. You’ve went against your flesh, the desires and wants you have and sown seeds to the Spirit instead. That can be hard and extremely painful at times to go against your natural desires. And when you don’t see the fruit it can be easy to give in and give up. “Why should I do this, nothing good is coming from it?”
As many times as I’ve listened to that lie, I’m here to tell you, KEEP SOWING!!! Even when you don’t feel like it, even when you don’t see any of the fruit, KEEP SOWING!!! Think about it, the farmer doesn’t plant the seed then go back the next day to a full grown peach tree with ripe, beautiful fruit ready to eat. It takes a time of cultivating, not growing weary in doing good, watering that seed, throwing down fertilizer, being patient and persistent in each seed! It’s in that middle process that beautiful fruit is made! It’s in that hard, nasty, sweaty part of the process where God brings a beautiful and abundant harvest to your life! So KEEP SOWING!!! Why? Because it’s worth it to live a life pleasing to God, it’s worth it for your life to mean more than constantly chasing down temporary pleasures of your flesh, it’s worth it for others to be impacted and changed by watching your example in the seed process!
It’s easy to put bad seed in that brings temporary pleasure. It’s easy to wish for a beautiful harvest to just appear out of nowhere. But it’s not real life. If you want good, if you want better, sow to the Spirit! Sow seeds that grows you closer to the Lord daily and keep going back day after day to water and fertilize that seed, be patient and persistent in your faith, in the harvest that can’t be seen at the moment but the harvest that God is bringing! What you sow is what you reap! If you want better fruit, sow better seed! And above all, take this process to God, ask Him for help and lean on Him, He’ll give you everything you need to continue sowing good seed and the strength to not grow weary, setting your sights above to Him and the harvest that only He can bring!