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Sowing and Reaping

Our spiritual life as a Christian is like a spiritual garden that produces what you plant in it. Whatever kind of seed you sow will be the same kind of harvest you’ll reap!

Unfortunately, the weeds of sin seem to grow easily in our life even though we’re not purposing to plant them. Moreover, we soon discover that our sin tends to flourish, grow and spread with little watering, cultivation or care.

What we don’t realize is that sowing, and reaping involves not our outward actions but also our inward attitude as well. What we think, say and do all effect the kind of seeds we sow and the kind of harvest it produces. In fact, you can easily recognize what kind of seed you’ve been sowing by the kind of fruit it produces in your life.

That’s why Galatians 6:7-8 warns us to be careful what you sow because of what you’ll reap!

“(7) 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.”

Sowing to your flesh is something that comes naturally whenever your focus is on living to please and serve self. In contrast, sowing to the Spirit comes supernaturally as you’re seek to please and serve God. With every thought, word and action you’re either sowing to one or the other. It’s easy for you and others around you to see what kind of seed you’ve been sowing. One seed produces the unwanted deeds of the flesh, the other the desirable fruit of the Spirit.

Ask yourself, or maybe someone who knows you well what kind of fruit they see in your spiritual garden. Is it more often the sweet fruit of the Spirit, or too often the sinful deeds of the flesh?

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