Sow To The Spirit (Gal. 6:7-8)

By | Jul 14, 2016

The world is governed by a moral order of delicate balance. The hand of a holy, order-loving God set laws into motion that will continue as long as this world exists. He said that the grass and herbs, the beasts, cattle, every living thing including man would bring forth after his kind. The Creator Sovereign made man the created sovereign by giving him dominion over all of creation. (Genesis 1:28) The sun labored for him, moon lighted his nights, flowers brightened and perfumed his pathway, fruits pleased his tastes, birds sang and inspired him, and the beasts would work for him. What a pristine paradise it must have been before man’s disobedience.

Following the fall of man disorder entered into the Garden, man lost his dominion, animals became fierce and thorns and thistles were scattered across the terrain. However in spite of all the havoc that sin brought upon man and God’s creation, God never altered this law of continuity. While it is recorded in Genesis 5: 1-4 that God created man in His likeness, following the fall it is recorded that Adam begat a son in his own likeness. Death and sin has now been passed upon all humankind. Man was now suffering the consequences of yielding to the serpent’s temptation. He was reaping what he had sown.

Here in Galatians the Apostle Paul is presenting life as a harvest field. “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Job similarly says, “They that plow iniquity reap the same.”

Everyone is sowing all the time and it is certain that one day there will be a harvest. Farmers go out in the springtime and prepare their ground and sow their seed. They do so knowing that in time they will reap a harvest. They know that tomorrows reaping will be determined by what they sow today. In the springtime they can choose the seed. It may be wheat, beans, corn, oats or something else but once they make the decision on what to sow they cannot choose what they are going to reap. The harvest is determined by the sowing. If you plant corn in the spring you are not free to harvest wheat in the fall. There is a sowing and reaping of life. You cannot sow deceit, and expect to reap integrity. You cannot sow to the flesh and expect to reap everlasting life.

There is not only a certainty of the harvest there is also a surplus of the harvest. No farmer goes out in the spring and sows a bushel of seed expecting to only reap a bushel. Any farmer knows that would result in bankruptcy. A farmer always plans to reap far more than he sows. So in life we are warned of Hosea 8:7 that to sow to the wind is to reap a whirlwind. All of us reap the fruit of our past lives and that is why we are admonished to seek God early in our lives as recorded in Ecclesiastes 21:1 “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.”

Paul tells us in Romans 6: 23 that, “the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Here God gives us our choice of causes. The effects are beyond our power to change. Sin is the cause of which the effect is death but to choose Christ one receives the effect of eternal life. It is possible for us to receive eternal life only because Jesus (the 2nd Adam) sacrificially reaped on Calvary what the 1st Adam had sacrilegiously sown in the Garden of Eden.

J. B. Phillips’ paraphrase of my text reads: “Don’t be under any illusions: you cannot make a fool of God! A man’s harvest in life will depend entirely on what he sows. If he sows for his own lower nature his harvest will be the decay and death of his own nature. But if he sows for the Spirit he will reap the harvest of everlasting life by that Spirit. Let us not grow tired of doing good, for unless we throw in our hand, the ultimate harvest is assured. Let us then do good to all men as opportunity offers, especially to those who belong to the Christian Household.” Let us choose Christ and reap eternal life!

“I have made my choice forever:
I will walk with Christ my Lord.
Naught from Him my soul can sever
While I’m trusting in His Word.
I the lonely way have taken,
Rough and toilsome though it be;
And although despised, forsaken,
Jesus, I’ll go thro’ with thee.”

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