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We can’t separate our ability to receive or to be blessed from our attitude toward sowing or giving.
First, let’s talk about the biblical principle that drives the process. I refer to it as the law of sowing and reaping. It is a law because we are all subject to what it says. No one is an exception to this principle.
Regarding this law or principle, Paul the apostle writes, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7, NASB). Note the word “whatever.”
The first part of the verse establishes the second part. The first part says that God is not mocked. This word mock comes from a base word which means to turn up the nose at or to laugh at with contempt. The reason God is never mocked is because He subjects all of us to the principle of sowing and reaping.
In other words, none of us gets to keep sowing bad seeds without eventually reaping the consequences. Note the warning of this verse; it says “do not deceived.” Don’t let anyone deceive you to think that you can escape the consequences of what this verse says.
Three Applications of the Principle of Sowing and Reaping
We should regard the verse above as a stern warning that we will reap what we sow. But actually, there are two sides to the principle of sowing and reaping. According to the next verse of Paul’s letter, we can either sow to our flesh or to the Spirit (Galatians 6:8). Sowing to the flesh is bad while sowing to the Spirit is good.
Let’s talk about the latter. Here are three areas where the principle of sowing and reaping applies:
1. Doing good. “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary” (verse 9). I love the encouragement in this verse. It can be hard continuing to do good. One reason is because we are human and we can get tired, especially when we don’t see any benefit from what we are doing. But remember that what are doing is governed by a principle that says whatever we sow, that shall we reap. That means if we keep doing good, we will reap good—in due season.
2. Financial stewardship. In Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth, he addresses the principle of sowing and reaping as it relates to the area of giving financially. He writes, “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6, NASB). Moreover, to those who give bountifully, God will bless with the ability to give in abundance toward every good deed (verse 8).
3. Spiritual growth. Many Christians want to grow in the Lord but are not willing to pay the price required. But spiritual growth is not incidental to being a Christian. You are only going to get out of your relationship with the Lord what you are willing to invest in it. If you sow sparingly, you are going to reap sparingly. Sow bountifully and you will reap great spiritual rewards. Again, whatever a man sows that shall he also reap.
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