Don’t be misled:
No one makes a fool of God.
What a person plants, he will harvest.
The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds.
All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds!
But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him,
harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.
Galations 6:6-7 The Message
Do not be deceived:
God cannot be mocked.
A man reaps what he sows.
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.
Galations 6:7-8 NIV
Most of us are familiar with the Bible Verses from Galations 6:6-7, or at least we get the concept. And it is true, we reap what we sow; we gather what we scatter, what goes around comes around that kind of thing.
If we are constantly spending money, we won’t have savings.
And if we are mean to everyone around us, we will have no friends.
If we eat sweets day in and day out, we will become fat.
Are we heavy smokers? Perhaps we will get lung cancer.
You get the idea.
We have the choice to be led by the Spirit of God, or by our selfish nature, or habits, before we became a Christian.
We desperately need to lean on God to be led by the Spirit. We should pray for this daily, and even in the moment..
As we seek Him daily to lead us by His Spirit, we will certainly be more Christ-like in our actions. We will not be perfect, but the Spirit will guide our actions. Sometimes we slip up quickly, but then we repent and go back to being led by the Spirit of Almighty God!
As believers, we know that we have the Spirit of God living on the inside of us. This is God’s grace to us and enables us to live with God’s power, empowering us from the inside. I believe there are many Christians and non-Christians who just don’t get this. If we ask God to help us live right by His Spirit, as He promises in His Word, won’t our lives reap bountiful blessings?
These spiritual blessings are so worth it, too. Our hearts will have more peace. We will radiate more joy. God will lead our lives with wisdom, and who doesn’t need that? We will have more fortitude. Our character will be more righteous as will our actions.
So what will you and I sow and scatter?
What will we harvest and gather?
Will we honour God with our harvest?
Yesterday I was feeling pretty energetic, so after a physiotherapy appointment and since it was gorgeous outside, I took a walk around the perimeter of our yard. I saw a visual of what I am describing to you today. There were flowers, planted purposely in window boxes, beautiful to behold. At the back of our yard were weeds. Lots of them. A berm of sorts. One we had put in place to keep the neighbour’s garbage from infiltrating into our yard.
Although the weeds looked beautiful, they were and always will be weeds. It is the same with our actions or the fruit we bear. It can look good, but if we sowed it to the wind, it will reap the whirlwind.
So what we scatter and what will we gather?
What will we plant and what will we harvest?
Will we have only weeds to show?
Or will we let the Holy Spirit work within us to help us harvest unto eternity?