Gal 6:7-9 “Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
2 Cor 9:6 “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.”
The laws of the harvest are irrevocable.
Most of the Bible was written to people familiar with working the land. The practice of people working the ground is older than the Bible. In fact, the curse on Adam and Eve was that it wouldn’t be easy to work the ground anymore.
The idiom, you will reap what you sow, comes from one of these two verses. This general principle is a law. This is true in agriculture and in life choices. It holds truth positively and negatively.
If you sow to the flesh, you’ll reap corruption, if you sow to the spirit, you’ll reap life. Faith in Jesus, pursuing holiness and godliness is sowing to the Spirit. Sowing to your own ability, trusting in your own talents and your own abilities or trusting in some man or natural resource to be your supply is sowing to the flesh. Even in planting and farming in the natural, there must be sowing in the Spirit. You trust God for growth.
Trusting in God, in your choices and actions and life, could be considered seeds in this harvest field. You are planting in the harvest field of life. There are governing laws of how this works both in the natural and in the spiritual.
What kind of choices and actions are you making? What are the results? Do you see this law in action in your own life?
When God puts something in motion, it’s a law that can’t be revoked. When we understand God’s laws, we can work together with Him and enjoy the benefits. Physics and science prove God’s Word.
The Spirit can’t be tampered with. Just as gravity is a law, you can’t break it.
Prov 22:8 “He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.”
Something in your life today will display choices and thoughts from yesterday.
1. Sowing and reaping is a natural law. Gen 1:12,29 “The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. 29 Then God said, ‘Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.’” In the natural, you cannot create a seed that will produce life. It will not grow.
2. Sowing and reaping is also a spiritual law. God will not be mocked. There is no ‘getting away with it.’ Gal 6:7 “Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.” You reap what you sow, natural consequences, cause and effect. There is a relationship between actions and the results of those actions. Prov 30:32-33 “If you’re dumb enough to call attention to yourself by offending people and making rude gestures, Don’t be surprised if someone bloodies your nose. Churned milk turns into butter; riled emotions turn into fist fights.”
Have you ever said something and then regretted it? How did you handle that?
3. God uses these laws for blessing. Mat 5:45 “In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.” You will have blessings through obedience and curses through disobedience. You are reaping now what you have sown. If you eat wrong and get sick, why do you ask God to heal you? He won’t break His own laws. It’s better to align yourself with God’s laws. If you forsake God, then God has the right to suspend blessing in your life.
4. Inside and built into the code of sowing and reaping is a process that involves patience. Waiting is implied. Nothing good grows overnight. It takes five years for a bamboo tree to sprout above the ground. Then, it gets up to 80 feet within six weeks. But, it takes 5 years and six weeks. Don’t quit! Wait. Gal 6:9 “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Due season is coming to somebody. My day is coming!
5. We reap in kind of what we’ve sown. If you have an apple seed, you will reap an apple tree. It doesn’t matter if you have an orange orchard and you plant an apple seed, you will reap an apple tree. Tithing doesn’t necessarily restore your relationships. Sow kindness and love and forgiveness and then you’ll restore your relationships. If you want to have financial blessings, you need to tithe. If you give you time to God, He will give it back. If you want friends, be friendly. Jacob tricked his brother and got a legacy blessing, but he ended up having other family members deceive him. Jacob set deception in motion. David’s murder and adultery caused him to reap war and unrest in his own family. If you want God to be faithful to you, sow faith in His Word.
What good things are you going to intentionally sow? How will you change some of the things you’ve already sown?
6. We reap proportionally to what we sow. The more seed you plant, the more you will reap. If you give a fist full of money to the Lord, you get a fist full back. Jesus has a bigger fist. If you want God to be open-handed with you, you’ve got to be open-handed with Him. You sow even with your attitude.
7. We reap more than we sow. That is good news and horrible news. Your kids are watching you. Choose your words and actions carefully. You sow one, you reap 100. God’s shovel is bigger than yours. When you sow in prayer, you will reap more.
8. Sowing and reaping is used as a metaphor for death and resurrection. You sow your body and you resurrect something. Sowing is death, reaping is resurrection. The body is perishable, it is raised up imperishable. It’s sown in weakness, raised in power. Some of us needed a resurrection from what we’ve sown. John 12:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” (KJV) 24-25 “Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.” (MSG) 33 “This he said, signifying what death he should die.” (KJV)
What have you been afraid to be generous to sow? Why? What have you been generous in sowing and what were the results?
9. He is Lord of the Harvest. It’s His ground, His seed, His body, His blood, His Spirit, His heaven, His harvest. He can decide who He wants to have mercy or not. Rom 9:15 “For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” You get mercy where you deserved judgment.
10. God is not fair. That is a good thing. You should have reaped eternal death. There is a reaping for your sin, but Jesus took it instead of you. Jesus took all your sin on Himself and gave you His goodness, His righteousness. God took a bad deal for you.
How does it change your life knowing that God is still in control and has made a way when you didn’t deserve it? How does understanding these ten principles of the harvest change your way of thinking? What will you do differently?
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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