“A man reaps what he sows. The 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.” Galatians 6:7-8 NIV 1984
Sowing and reaping is a biblical principle most Americans don’t easily identify with because we’re not farmers. But the farmer knows: if you plant beans, you will get beans back. If you plant potatoes, you get potatoes. If you plant apple trees, you get apple trees back. It’d be strange indeed if the farmer who planted a field of cotton awoke one morning to beautiful tall corn stalks!
Yet we sometimes don’t understand that the reason we lack in an area is because we haven’t sown in an area. We haven’t planted kindness to those that least deserve it, so we’re surprised when they rise up at us in anger. We haven’t planted money into the kingdom of God as He told us to do, and we get angry when our checks bounce and our savings runs out. We haven’t planted mercy, and we’re surprised when we ask someone for their forgiveness and we don’t seem to get forgiveness back.
The passage above explains that we have two choices: sow to make your sinful self happy, or or sow to please the Holy Spirit within you. Your spirit man is that part of you that’s like God: it’s he that wants to get to church, wants to love others, wants to go to growth groups, wants to listen to music that lifts your spirit, wants to give into the kingdom of God. The bible says that when we plant to please the Spirit of God who lives in us, we will reap eternal life!! Not just then, but we reap it now! We get it now. We enjoy it now.
But when we plant things in our lives to make our selfish sinful self happy, we will get something back alright. We get destruction back. We get sadness and self pity and pride and junk and everything that separates us from God. Death is separation from God, and we slowly find ourselves dying inside. Why? Because we’ve sown to please our sinful self. We all have a sinful self, and most of us are acquainted with him.
Dear, God, I choose today to choose things in my life that feed my spirit that longs for more of You in me… I choose your Word, your presence, your love, your peace, your joy, and your people. Thank you for the life that comes from this!