An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men. Thomas Fuller 1608-1661
Sowing and Reaping
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 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.” Galatians 6:7-8
I was thinking this week about how we invest in our lives and what happens to that over time. We all know that you reap what you sow, as Galatians tell us, God is not mocked. There are many different ways in which one might invest or sow and how that will affect our lives. According to scripture, how do reap? We must sow! Ok, this is not hard to grasp, but maybe the problem is applying it our lives. Let’s look at three examples of sowing about what the sowing will mean over time.
- Nothing sowed = Nothing reaped
This is no-brainer, but we need to be reminded. We cannot expect God to bless us when we do nothing. If we do no invest anything, then we will not get a return. While this is very easy to understand, we do not always apply this simple idea. We at times expect things to be wonderful just because we are a Christian, and while God promises blessing, He always requires obedience and work.
- Good Sowing = Good Reaping
This is the principle in a nutshell. Those who sow goodness will at some point be reaping goodness. We may not reap in the same way that we sowed, but we will reap according to what we have sown. I want to take a moment and quantify this idea; not because you can necessarily quantify how much you will reap or how great God is, but I think it helps us understand the meaning of the principle. Let’s say you are investing 30 of something, it can be 30 dollars, 30 minutes of your time, 30 of something. What could that mean over time? Typically on a good investment, you might get 8% return, so let use that example. If you give 30, what do you get in return – 30 x 8% which is 32.4. It does not seem like much, but what if you keep sowing/investing. Just like with a savings or investment account, you compound the interest. What happens as you keep sowing? An investment of 30 can become over 19,000 with continual reinvestment over time . Most of us know this is true with money, but what about life. Shouldn’t we apply the same principle? Keeping sowing and you will reap. What good are you sowing into your life?
- Bad Sowing = Bad Reaping
Galatians actually talks about this first – sowing the flesh means reaping corruption. To go back to our example if you sow (-30), then over time you will reaping (if you continue to sow bad seed) -19,000. I don’t think anyone would knowingly do this, but this is what happens all the time. We sow bad seed and get a bad return. Take a moment and reflect, are they ways that I am sowing bad seeds into my life? It will make a huge impact now and much more later.
This is God’s principle and He will not be mocked. Sow good things into your life. You will see a return.
I quantified this principle to show how something very small can get very big. Here is the idea:
Invest Nothing = Nothing Return
Invest 30 = 19,000 Return
Invest -30 = -19,000 Return
You get to decide which way you will go in each area of your life. You decide – it is no one else’s fault. God will not be mocked!