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
Continuing the thought of Sowing and Reaping. We mentioned in the last devotional the need to offer a Word of Warning and a Word of Encouragement. Let’s get to those now.
A SOLEMN REMINDER – “Be not deceived God is not mocked.” (v.7)
No one will ever harvest grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles. No one will ever produce the fruit of the Spirit from the works of the flesh. The flesh cannot produce the things of the Spirit of God. In Matthew 7:17-18 – we read, “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.”
We are told that “by their fruits, men will know them.” The warning is “Be Not Deceived.” That is a stern, valid, and needed warning. We are too easily deceived and too easily deceive ourselves. We deceive ourselves through false expectations or unrealistic expectations. We deceive ourselves through trusting appearance and being guided by our emotions or feelings rather than God’s Word and Promises.
We deceive ourselves when we convince ourselves that it does not matter what we sow if our intentions are good. Wouldn’t that be wonderful for the farmer? He could have good intentions and sow any kind of seed and expect to get whatever harvest he preferred and was the most profitable. The flesh will never produce the fruit of the Spirit and bring victory.
God is not mocked and will not be silenced or put to shame by man’s indifference or unbelief regarding this eternal and unalterable law. Spiritual things can never be produced by carnal things. The unregenerate man cannot bring forth the fruits of the new creation. The flesh and the Spirit are as different as life and death. The person outside of Christ sows to the flesh and reaps the corruption of that life. The Child of God sows to the eternal things of God and reaps everlasting life – (v.8)
A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT – “Be now weary in well doing for in due season we will reap if we faint not.” (v.9)
We all need encouragement especially in difficult and trying times of life. In many areas of life, our harvest has not yet come but it is coming. We cannot continue to sow wild oats and pray for crop failure and expect to be successful. It is important that we continually sow to character and godliness so that the harvest will produce life-giving fruit and touch many lives.
Please stop trying to do enough, earn enough, merit enough and view your labors as your significance. That will only discourage. Rather than looking at what you do, consider why you do what you do and listen for His directive. Being busy is not what is important but being obedient is.
There is going to be a Harvest in our individual lives. No, there will be multiple harvests throughout our lives, and we will Reap what we Sow. We will Reap WHAT we sow. We will reap LATER than we sow. We will reap MORE than we sow, but we will reap, and we are sowing!
The question is what kind of harvest do you want? Then my advice is sow those seed and believe God for His harvest to produce the fruit of righteousness and life.
May the Lord be with you and bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!