Today’s bible study is Galatians 6:8: For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
When we think of sowing, we usually think about planting seeds in a garden. We sow in the right season, usually the spring, and, in the fall, reap the harvest. Many people have gorgeous gardens, heavy laden with fresh vegetables from May through November. Our lettuce, corn and pumpkins are most surely the work of the flesh and will be eaten by hungry people. But what of these foods when we are ready to partake of them? We often sit at the dinner table and say grace, giving God the glory for producing our food, not ourselves alone. We express thankfulness for the crops we have sown and the food that sustains our bodies by the grace of God.
Now let’s step outside the box and think of sowing things other than seeds. During any given day, we probably do not sow corn, green beans and potatoes. But, in our contact with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and everyone we come in contact with, we sow the seeds of our faith. We try to sow peace where there is unrest, justice where there is injustice, love where there is hatred, and compassion where there is cruelty. We are constantly sowing the seeds of our Christian faith, whether literally, in our gardens, or figuratively in every act of our lives. Think about what seeds you have sown today. Did you sow a seed of love upon waking beside your spouse? Did you nurture a seed of success when you got the children ready for school? Did you plant a seed of achievement on your way to work? Perhaps you sowed a seed of humor, a seed of kindness or a seed of generosity.
These are the seeds of the spirit. They are the very heart of the Christian faith and the way in which we can most surely be followers of Jesus. When we sow the seeds of the Spirit, then, and only then, will we reap life everlasting. This is not something transient like an ear of corn or a leaf of lettuce, but a promise that is made to us by God through His son Jesus Christ. May we continue to be faithful sowers of good seeds, remembering always that the glory is not ours, but that of God, and the fruit not only the harvest of our own work but of the eternal kingdom of life everlasting.
References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock, The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur and Concise Bible Commentary, David S. Dockery, General Editor. You might also like to read:
- Broad Brook Bible Study Examiner, Grace Dooley
- Atlanta Christian Living Examiner, Taylor Powell
- Atlanta Bible Study Examiner, Donna Sundblad
- Kentucky Bible Study Examiner, Timothy Edwards
- Daily Bible Guide
- Growing in Christ
- Bible Study Tools Online
- The Jesus Walk Bible Study Series