Reap What You Sow


Peninsula Community Church 

March 24, 2019

Galatians 6:6-10 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

I love this time of the year. It is a time for us to see life again as Spring returns, flowers bloom, and it is a season of new beginnings. In just a few weeks, we will celebrate Easter and the power of the resurrection to fill the emptiness in our lives with His grace, healing, and a future. This is also the season that farmers begin to plant their crops for the year. They will begin by plowing the ground. They will determine what they will plant in which fields. They will select the seeds they will use. They will plant or sow those seeds because that is the only way for them to have a harvest. And then they will wait for the harvest.

I am not a farmer but my guess is that when a farmer chooses his seed, he does not just choose any seed. He chooses that seed that will provide the best reward for their time and energy. The reason this is done is that they what to reap an abundant harvest. It is a funny thing about the sowing and reaping process. We can only reap that which has been sown. If you do not sow, you will not reap. Secondly, what you reap is always greater than what you sow. We sow one seed, but from that one seed comes much fruit. Thirdly, there is life in the seed, but that life cannot be energized and revealed until it is planted in the ground. 

That is why this is such a powerful verse. It is here that we learn about the idea of sowing spiritual seed. From this passage we learn much about how we are to do life. We learn what it means to sow in a way that brings an abundant harvest of righteousness. With that said let me make some observations about this passage. 

First, do not be deceived. What is the deception? The deception is thinking that what you do does not matter. We can be deceived into thinking that our actions and our words do not matter, but they do. We can be lured into thinking that we do not influence others, but we do. We can be deceived into believing that our lives do not make a difference, but they do. We influence others and we make a difference with those around us by our actions, by our words, and by our life. As we discovered last week, the enemy loves to deceive us in order to destroy and minimize our influence for good. The enemy will cause us to believe that what we do does not matter, but I can tell you that God wants to use you for His glory and what you do matters and it matters much. 

Second, to reap you must sow. While it is true that we should not be deceived, we must also understand that we will reap what we sow. In terms of sowing there are a couple of things that we need to consider. We must be aware that the size of the harvest will be determined by how much we sow. We sow a little and we will reap a little. Sow much and we will reap much. Listen to Paul’s words. Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8). This works in our friendships. It works in our giving. It works in how we treat others. It works in how we invest our lives into the ministries we have been called to. In other words, do not hold back from sowing good seed. Sow generously and faithfully because you will reap generously.

Third, you choose what you will sow. There is a choice to be made. Will you sow righteousness or unrighteousness? Your choice will determine what you will sow. You will sow righteousness or you will sow unrighteousness. In return you will reap either righteousness or unrighteousness. Listen to Paul’s words. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. If we sow negative seeds, we will reap negative harvest. If we sow good seed, we will reap a good harvest.

Listen to Hosea’s words Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. You have plowed iniquity; you have reaped injustice; you have eaten the fruit of lies. (Hosea 10:12-13). Solomon also had a word about this process. He states Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail. Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor (Proverbs 22:8-9).

We do not have to look far to see what has been sown in our generation and how those things have impacted our culture. Abortion, euthanasia, gender identity, high divorce rates, gay and lesbian rights, gun rights, voting rights, immigration, mass murders, killings of police officers, and so on all represent the seeds that have been sown into our society. We have sown unrighteousness and we are now reaping the results of the unrighteousness that has been sown. We are dissatisfied with life. We are walking aimlessly looking for answers, but cannot find any because we are looking in all of the wrong places. We are reaping the effects of uninviting God to be at the forefront of our society. We are reaping the effects of marginalizing God in society and the public forum. He has been removed from school, and the ten commandments have been stripped from the halls of our institutions. We are reaping what has been sown. 

But there is hope in that we can sow seeds of righteous. By sowing seeds of righteousness we can reap the benefits of increased righteousness. We can change the cultural around us as we sow righteousness into every situation we encounter. One of the first questions in this regard is “Are you a victim or a victor?” Depending on how you answer this question will determine what you will sow and subsequently what you will reap. When we live with a victim mentality we tend to sow into ourselves and not into the world. We become wrapped up in our problems so that we fail to see the victory that is us. 

When we live as a victim we tend to sow that mentality into others. When we are living as a victim we tend to discourage those around us because we are too focused on our personal victimization. We blame everyone else for our problems and fail to see what we could do to change things. We drag others into our misery in hopes they will feel our pain but there is hope.

That brings us to our next point. Do not be weary in doing good. Have you ever gotten tired of doing the right thing? Have you ever wanted to take revenge? Have you ever wanted to forget trying to do right because it does not seem to be working. Paul challenges us to not grow weary in well doing. Do not get tired of doing what is right.

The farmer must trust the sowing process and so should we. Notice that the farmer does not worry about what will come forth. He knows if he sows well, he will reap well. At the right time the seed will germinate and will produce fruit. We too must trust that if we do the right thing, blessing will come and we will be rewarded with a harvest at the right time. Sow in righteousness and be faithful to that process and in due season you will reap a harvest of righteousness. 

Fourth, sow seeds of goodness to everyone. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Paul here expresses how we should sow good seed. Paul suggests that we should do good to everyone, especially those who are a part of the household of faith. Do not stoop to the level of those around you.

Paul had a great word in this regard. Listen to his words. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. (When someone persecutes you sow seeds of blessing). Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:14-21).

So let me ask you what are you sowing? Are you sowing righteousness or unrighteousness? Have you gotten tired of waiting for the harvest? Do not be weary. Stay strong. Do what is right because it is right. Honor God and sow good seed. Keep sowing! 

For an audio of this message go to http://pccministry.org/messages.

Copyright © 2019 All Rights Reserved Robert W. Odom

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