Sowing and Reaping

Sowing and ReapingText: Galatians 6:7

The Bible teaches that we will reap what we sow. Our actions, attitudes, thoughts, decisions, etc. have consequences. We need to recognize this and seriously consider what we ought to be doing. So let us consider various passages that talk about SOWING and REAPING – the good and the bad.

Our Choice as to How We Sow

  • Sow to the flesh OR to the Spirit (Galatians 6:7-8) – this will affect how we conduct ourselves; sowing to the Spirit we will restore the fallen (v. 1), bear other’s burdens (v. 2), support teachers (v. 6), and do good to all (v. 9-10); sowing to the flesh we will ignore the fallen, be a burden to others, make the teachers’ work difficult, and refuse to help
  • Sow sparingly OR bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6) – context is about giving; the amount is not mandated (1 Corinthians 16:2); sowing bountifully means it will be a priority (Matthew 6:33), planned (2 Corinthians 9:7), and a sacrifice (2 Corinthians 8:1-5; Mark 12:41-44); sowing sparingly means it will be unimportant, an afterthought, and an amount that would not be missed

Sowing and Reaping Blessings

  • Sow to the Spirit, reap eternal life (Galatians 6:7-8) – Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10), but we have to obey Him (Hebrews 5:9); His words are Spirit and life (John 6:63, 68)
  • Sow bountifully, reap bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6) – this is not the “health and wealth gospel” of prosperity preachers (1 Timothy 6:3-5); the bounty is in the ability to do the Lord’s work (v. 12)
  • Sow in righteousness, reap in kindness (Hosea 10:12) – seek to do what is right/just (Matthew 7:12); we will receive mercy if we show mercy to others (Matthew 5:7; 6:14-15)

Sowing and Reaping Curses

  • Sow to the flesh, reap corruption (Galatians 6:7-8) – trouble comes when we satisfy our own desires (Proverbs 11:26; 13:15; Luke 12:16-21)
  • Sow sparingly, reap sparingly (2 Corinthians 9:6) – this affects the church’s ability to do its work; requires “special” collections to get things done instead of having funds available (1 Corinthians 16:1-2)
  • Sow iniquity, reap vanity (Proverbs 22:8) – this is about a life given over to sin; produces vanity because the pleasures of sin are passing (Hebrews 11:25) and there is no profit in losing our soul (Matthew 16:26)
  • Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind (Hosea 8:7) – disproportionate, reap “with an awful increase” (Barnes); when we sin against God, the ultimate punishment is far worse than the offense (Romans 6:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)

Sowing with Uncertainty

  • Sow in the morning and evening (Ecclesiastes 11:6) – must not be paralyzed by uncertainty (v. 4); must be diligent to overcome uncertainty as much as possible (2 Thessalonians 3:8; Ephesians 4:28)
  • Sowing on different soils (Luke 8:5-8, 11-15) – when it comes to how people respond to the gospel, we cannot predict that; we need to sow everywhere
  • Sow in tears, reap in joyful shouting (Psalm 126:5) – despite all the uncertainty, this will be the final outcome if we are faithful to the Lord

Conclusion

  • We will reap what we sow
  • Are we sowing the right kind of seeds to get the harvest we desire?

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