What does the Lord mean when He says, 'you will reap what you sow'?
(Galatians 6:7-9 ESV) '7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 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. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.'
Hebrew / Greek Word Study
Focus Word: Reap = (ִθερίζω (therizō) = ( Greek / phonetic sound)
Strongs Definition G2325: (in the sense of the crop); to harvest:—reap.
Mounce Definition GK: G2545: to gather in harvest, reap, Mt. 6:26; 25:24, 26; met. to reap the reward of labor, 1 Cor. 9:11; 2 Cor. 9:6; to reap the harvest of vengeance, Rev. 14:15, 16
God, through this scripture, teaches us one of His many kingdom laws/principles. The Lord is teaching us; whatever you sow, you will also reap. He was teaching the people of that time (2000 yrs. ago) who were very familiar with the principle of sowing and reaping. He wanted them to understand this is also the way you receive from the Kingdom of Heaven. This is huge because, through this principle, the Lord is teaching us today how to produce fruit in our lives and to receive from Him. Quick warning, this principle is not just for the good stuff we sow in our lives. We can also sow bad seeds into our lives and reap the benefits of our bad behavior.
Let's break this down a little more. If you want to receive something, you must take the action to get it. Do not start looking for something you have not sown into your life. This would be like, a farmer going out to look at his field one day for corn, knowing that he has not planted anything. This would seem crazy to most of us, but this is what a lot of people do. They want something to happen in their lives, but they have not taken action to produce anything. The Lord is teaching us this principle because it applies to every area of our lives. If you want a better relationship, put the time in to get more out of it. If you need work, put in the time needed to find a job. If you want to know more about the Lord, put the time in to study and pray more, then you will know more about God. Only some people are willing to do what it takes to put the time in to go after what they truly want, and others, unfortunately, are too satisfied with their talk only. This is why talk is cheap! You must put in the work (sow) if you want to receive (reap). This is the basis of the law of sowing and reaping.
The scripture is plain; God is not mocked, and it is good for us to know this. Since we are unable to fool God, we cannot trick Him into doing something for us that we have not worked for. Our God sees all things and therefore is not fooled like the people of this world. When it comes to receiving from Him, we must sow, have faith, and act in obedience to His Word to receive from Him. In Hebrews chapter 5, it says that Jesus was heard because of the way He reverenced (honored and held in high regard) God. This is important for us to understand God gives to those who have put in the work for what they are going after. The beauty in all of this is that the Lord usually multiplies what you have planted. Just like one apple seed can produce a tree and a multitude of apples. Multiplication is awesome when the Lord is involved.
I have seen this law in action in my life in so many areas. I have seen it work physically in my life as well as spiritually. From a physical standpoint, I have learned to prepare myself for whatever arena I am entering in my life. In football, for instance, I knew to work out hard and be consistent because I wanted my good efforts to show up in the games, and they did. The same with work, family, and friendships. From a spiritual standpoint, I had to do the same thing. I wanted to know more about the Lord, so I studied and gained more knowledge concerning Him. Through this, the Lord has given me revelation, wisdom, and understanding about Him and His Word. I have learned to hear His voice and to be directed by Him. Living by this principle has increased my life, and I am thankful to the Lord because of it.
Extra Scripture To Study:
Remember, whatever you sow, you will reap. This happens with the good stuff as well as the bad stuff. Prepare yourself to take action when you want to see change take place in your life. It will not happen overnight, but it will come when you sow the right seed. Learn to be patient, trust in God, and have faith in what you have sown. God is great at multiplying His blessing in our lives. Amen.
This week daily, take some time to pray and ask God for help regarding His word and become receptive to it.
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