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You Reap What You Sow
January 17, 2019

You Reap What You Sow
Galatians 6:7-9

Unless you have been blessed with a green thumb, gardening can be quite frustratingly unpredictable. Will your plants live past the first week, or will you accidentally drown them from overwatering? Will you even remember to water them at all? Will weeds or tiny animals come and destroy all your hard work? Will you find a live plant today, or will it randomly have decided to shrivel up overnight? It’s really just a daily, wild guessing game filled with a rollercoaster of emotions. (Ok maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but the non-green-thumbers get me.)

But one thing you CAN count on is the fact that whatever type of seed you have put in the ground is the same type of plant that will spring up. If you place tomato seeds in the ground, you will not find sunflowers blooming in their place. If you plant pumpkin seeds, you will not walk outside to find a grape vine weaving across your garden. 

The outcome of our decisions and actions mirror that of a garden. The Bible tells us that we will reap whatever we sow - it’s a law. So why are we often so surprised at the kind of things we reap in our lives? 

We can’t expect to find lasting joy if we constantly sow selfishness and bitterness. We won’t have peace if all we plant is discord around us. In everything you say and do, you must take into consideration the law of reaping and sowing. All things (both good and bad) start as just a small seed buried beneath the surface of your heart. A seed only grows by being tended and cared for. So it’s up to you to choose whether to nurture the good seeds or the bad seeds. That determines what kind of harvest you will reap. 

Do not sow something you do not wish to face later. And if you want to reap the benefits of something good, what seed can you start planting in your life now?

Pray: “God, I want to reap the fruit of the Spirit. I want to produce all the qualities and characteristics and attitudes that represent You well and lead others toward You. Help me to know the good seeds from the bad seeds so that I can grow only what will better my walk with You.”