Sowing and Reaping
8The 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. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:8-10 NIV)
The law of sowing and reaping is something that we should be aware of in everything we do. Paul often describes things as either black or white. In this passage, he tells us that when we sow, we sow either to please our sinful nature or to please the Spirit. It can be a test for our decisions about our actions. Ask yourself, “By this action, which of the two am I sowing to please?” Then consider the consequences, or results, from sowing.
Sowing to please the sinful nature will reap destruction. Sin’s wages are death. Satan has come to kill, steal, and destroy.
Every time you sow to the flesh you participate in his kingdom and will harvest his fruits. There may be pleasure for a short time, but the harvest is on its way. When it comes, we often complain to God, “How could You let this happen?” It is the result of our actions. We are just reaping what we have sown. We want God to intervene and cause His laws of consequence to be overruled by grace, but He wants us to learn this law. It will help us to do what is right next time if we have to endure the consequences of our action.
The other side of this is the reward of sowing to please the Spirit. There is a harvest of eternal life to be reaped. That does not just mean our salvation, but includes it. When you chose to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you were sowing to the Spirit. When you choose to help a person in need, especially a fellow believer, you are sowing to the Spirit. When you do good, you are sowing to the Spirit and laying up an eternal reward. We reap some of the blessings of sowing goodness in this life, but most of our treasure is secure in heaven.
What are you sowing to please by your choices today?