Monday, June 16, 2008

You REAP what you SOW (Part 2)

We began looking at Galatians 6:7 last Tuesday, then began to look at the important role of fathers. I want to go back to Galatians and conclude this study today. The verse says,

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

The word for “reap” is in the same Greek tense, meaning that it could be translated, “You will reap, reap, reap, and reap — and keep on habitually reaping and reaping and reaping.” The reason most people walked away disgusted and scoffing at this promise is that they never really put it to the test! They sowed once and waited for a harvest. When nothing happened, they threw up their arms and said it didn’t work. But those who keep on habitually sowing and sowing and sowing as a manner of lifestyle are the ones who eventually reap and reap and reap as the manifold blessings of God come pouring back into their lives.The level at which you sow determines the level you will reap. Sow a little, and you’ll reap a little. Sow a lot, and you’ll reap a lot. Sow inconsistently, and you’ll reap inconsistently. Sow regularly, and you will reap regularly.

Galatians 6:7 could be translated: “Stop letting people lead you astray from the truth! You might try to turn up your nose at the law of God, but it won’t change the law! It remains true that whatever you regularly and habitually sow — regardless of what it is — that is exactly what you will regularly and habitually reap.”

Then,in Galatians 6:9, Paul takes just a moment to encourage those of us who are waiting for our harvests. He says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

Notice that Paul mentions a “due season.” Even today, harvest times come at varying times for different areas, depending on the temperature, altitude, and climate of each region. For example, in one low-lying district of Israel, harvest may be in full swing while districts at higher altitudes are still weeks, or even a full month, away from their harvest time. This principle holds true in every other realm as well.

For instance, if the seed you are sowing is financial seed, remember to bathe it in prayer as it leaves your pocketbook and enters the Kingdom of God. Pray for the Holy Spirit to create a right atmosphere or climate for that seed to take root and grow. And if it takes awhile for the harvest to come back to you, remember that no farmer plants seed one day and expects to have a full wheat or corn field the next day! It takes time for seed to grow in the natural.

In the same way, time may be required for the seed you have sown to spiritually mature so it can come back into your life as a multiplied blessing. In the meantime, don’t be weary in “well doing.” That simply means keep it up; don’t stop what you are doing; be regular; be consistent; be faithful; or be “well doing” in the sowing of your seed! The last thing you should do is “faint”!

That word “faint” comes from the Greek word ekluo, which means to loosen up; to relax; to faint; and to lose altogether. The devil will say, “This doesn’t work. You’ve tried long enough. It won’t hurt if you cut back on your giving. Loosen up a little. Relax from giving so much!”

But according to Galatians 6:9 and the Greek word ekluo, if you loosen up and relax in your giving, you will eventually “faint” — in other words, you’ll stop giving completely. And if you do that, you will lose everything! So don’t ever let the devil or anyone else ever talk you into backing out of sowing seeds into the Kingdom of God. As I said earlier, the sowing of seeds applies to every area of life. If you constantly and habitually:

  • Sow love, you will reap love.

  • Sow patience, you will reap patience.

  • Sow kindness, you will reap kindness.

  • Sow forgiveness, you will reap forgiveness.

  • Sow bitterness, you will reap bitterness.

  • Sow strife, you will reap strife.

Friend, like it or not, this is just the way it is! It is the law of God, and there is not one thing you can do to change it. So rather than challenge the system and fail, don’t you think it’s time that you wise up and get with the program? If you’re going to reap what you sow, maybe you ought to figure out what you want to reap. Then you can start planting those same kinds of seeds to assure that you’ll get the harvest that God wants you to have. Blessings!

Pastor Rusty


Anonymous said...

Good Stuff Man! It is knowing that you are doing the right thing even when it doesn't look like anything is happening. God honors those than honor Him! If that means standing up for what is right, and having faith to believe God keeps good books. Jeff Holt

Anonymous said...

yes this sure is true, I actually have Galatians 6:7 posted at ma desk at work. I have been sowing financially and now I was just thinking of other areas bcos I was sure this law would also apply there. I will, by the grace of God, start sowing more love and other things and not just finances. good blog pastor.

Brian Christian.