Galatians 6:7-10 – “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.” NASB
In the 5th Chapter, verses 17-25, there is a description of the ‘works of the flesh’ and the ‘fruit of the Spirit.’ The contrast is clearly between rottenness and perfect soundness. It is a clear differentiation between the basest and the best.
The works of the flesh are separate individual acts whereas the fruit (not fruits) of the Spirit are all of one. They are manifold in expression but of the same root and fruit. The fruit is the outcome of the energy of the indwelling Spirit of God, and “against such, there is no law.” That is important and powerful.
Here in our text, the apostle Paul brings us to the consideration of sowing to the flesh and to the Spirit and contrasts the two. We see both the events and the results in a very powerful description. In his discourse, we discover several very important truths.
THIS IS AN UNALTERABLE LAW.
Galatians 3:7 – “Whatsoever a man sows, this he will also reap.” That never changes. You get what you plant and not some modification or mutation of what you have planted. The Seed is critical. We will harvest or reap, not according to how much we know or even who we know, but according to what we sow. That is unalterable!
We may have a large cache of seed in the barn of the mind, but unless that seed is planted in fertile soil there will be no benefit and no fruitful harvest. The seeds of thought are sown in words and deeds. The ‘Word of God’ is the incorruptible seed as confirmed in 1 Peter 1:23 and that seed will always bring forth ‘after its kind.’
The Soil is important because in life and in the Spirit, there are two types of soil. The Flesh and the Spirit. Sowing to the flesh is to sow rotten seed in poisonous soil. Nothing but corruption can result from that activity. When we sow to the flesh we sow to our carnal, self-pleasing, worldly lives and nothing productive can come from it. There is nothing in that activity that honors God, so it will rot like a lifeless carcass producing rottenness, not life-giving fruit.
Conversely, to Sow to the Spirit is to sow to the revealed Will of God, that which is pleasing to Him. It is then that the Fruit of the Spirit will begin to be manifested. From that fruit people will be nourished and lives changed positively for good.
I feel the need to offer a word of Warning and a word of Encouragement but because of the brevity of time and space, I will hold those thoughts for the next devotional. Until then, I encourage you to seek the mind of God and make Matthew 6:33 a key cornerstone in your life. Seek Him FIRST and then everything else will fall into place with clarity and productivity.
God bless you as you continue your journey of Faith in Him!