PASTOR'S PEN: You get what you sow

By Rev. Joe Washington

Christ Community Church

In Galatians 6:7-9, Paul discusses the spiritual principle of sowing and reaping. Paul said “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. Let us not become weary in doing well, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

We must understand our lives are the result (reap/harvest) of what we have sown (planted) earlier. Whether it is carnal (flesh) or spiritual, we will reap what we have sown.

We ought to take inventory today of the things we are doing because those things (actions) we are doing are becoming seeds which we will sow somewhere and those seeds will eventually spring up in our lives at a later date. Paul encourages all believers to refrain from sowing seeds to our flesh because we will reap (harvest) destruction.

If we look back at our lives, we ought to be able to see where and when we planted seeds to our flesh; and today we are harvesting those plants, weeds, wild flowers or thorny bushes of selfishness, bitterness, envy, wrath, jealousy, malice, un-forgiveness and hatred.

You may say: “I never planted those types of seeds, so why am I reaping this?” Let’s be honest today. Every time you were offended and you didn’t deal with it, you planted a seed of bitterness, hatred, and malice. Every time you said in your heart “I don’t know why God is blessing her,” you planted a seed of envy or jealousy. Every time you sought to please yourself instead of doing for others you sowed a seed of selfishness.

Likewise those times when we loved your neighbor as ourselves we sowed seeds of love. The times where we made someone happy or brought someone joy, we planted seeds of joy and peace.

Paul begs us to continue to sow seeds to the Spirit that we will reap the good fruits of eternal life. We must not give up on doing well and we must continue to plant those seeds of love, joy, peace, happiness, faith, temperance, meekness, goodness and kindness.

In due time, or at the right time, you will reap the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. The takeaway today is simple: pause and think about what type of seeds you are planting, because one day that seed will spring up in your life; fleshly (bad) or spiritual (good).