Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Our text contains the great principle of sowing and reaping. This is a principle of order and consistency, which is written into all life, material, and moral.
Take agriculture for example. God promised Noah after the flood that, so long as the earth remained, there would be ‘seedtime and harvest;’ that is, sowing and reaping would not cease (Gen. 8:22). To this very day, if a farmer wants a harvest, he must sow his seed in his field; otherwise, there will be no harvest. Moreover, the kind of harvest he will get is determined in advance by the kind of seed in he sows. This is true of nature in its quality and its quantity; if the farmer sows barley seed he will get a barley crop; if he sows a wheat seed he will get a wheat crop. Again, if he sows plentifully, he can expect a plentiful harvest, but if he sows sparingly, then he will reap sparingly as well (c.f. 2 Cor. 9:6). Putting these three together, we may say that if a farmer wants a bumper harvest of a particular corn, then he must not only sow the right seed, but good seed and that plentifully. Only if he does this can he expect a good crop.
Precisely the same principle operates in the moral and spiritual sphere. Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. So it is not the reapers who decide what the harvest is going to be like, but the sowers. If a man is faithful and conscientious in his sowing, then he can confidently expect a good harvest. If he ‘sows wild oats,’ as we sometimes say, then he must not expect to reap strawberries! On the contrary, ‘those who plough iniquity and sow trouble reap the same’ ( Job 4:8). Or as Hosea warned his contemporaries (8:7), ‘they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind’ (a reference to divine judgment).
This principle is an immutable law of God. In order to emphasize it, the apostle prefaces it with both a command, ‘do not be deceived,’ and a statement, ‘God is not mocked’.
This week take inventory of the seeds you have, and ask God what seeds He would have you to discard, and which you must sow so that you would have a good, plentiful and God-glorifying harvest.
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