Today’s bible study is Galatians 6:7-8: : Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
This letter to the Galatians contains some excellent advice that we would all be well served to remember. We reap what we sow. What does that mean in our lives? It could be extremely simplistic. If we plant a field of corn or cotton, we will eventually reap a field of corn or cotton. If we plant broccoli, so shall we reap broccoli. Oh, if that could be all that we sow and reap! Rev. Steven R. Houck wrote: ‘What a man sows is what he reaps. That’s quite a sobering thought, a very important principle, something that we ought to take note of as we live our lives. This is a role which we cannot set aside. This is not something that can be thwarted. This rule abides as surely as the God of heaven abides. Therefore we better be careful what we do. We better be careful what we sow because what we sow, we will reap.’
Every day, whether we are thinking about it or not, we are sowing seeds. When we interact with coworkers, we are sowing seeds of kindness, compassion, empathy, pride, accomplishment, and innumerable other things. Without even being aware of it we might be sowing the seeds of doubt, of greed, of complaining, of deception or of anger. We can sow a seed by a gesture, a look, a smile or a nod. People react to the seeds that we sow during our lives and, invariably, we shall reap what we sow. If we sow the seeds of kindness, we shall reap them. If we sow the seeds of pride and arrogance, those we shall reap also, and the fruit may be bitter. If we sow the seeds of love, so shall we reap love. And if we sow the seeds of faithlessness and doubt, we shall have nothing to reap of any real value.
Phil Ware in Heartlight shares a thought on this verse: ‘Isn’t it incredible how huge trees grow out of tiny seeds! This principle runs throughout all of life. We can never completely get away from the seeds we sow. So let’s don’t try to fool ourselves while we’re trying to do a snow job on God. Let’s make sure the seeds we sow are the ones we want sprouting up!’ If we sow the seeds of faith, the seeds of prayer, and the seeds of a closer spiritual relationship with our Lord and Savior, we shall surely reap everlasting life in His kingdom which has no end. You might also like to read:
- Broad Brook Bible Study Examiner, Grace Dooley
- Daily Bible Guide
- Growing in Christ
- Bible Study Tools Online
- The Jesus Walk Bible Study Series