Written by, Rev. Richard L. Shaw Ph.D, Pastor
The Apostle Paul issues a stern but loving warning to the backslidden church of Galatia in his epistle to them, Galatians 6:7-10. There he admonishes them against a common condition of all people, including the Church-deception. “Do not be deceived,” he says, “God cannot be mocked.” It is no mocking of God if we live like we did before we were saved (the flesh) but it is to our own loss and distress.
Then Paul appeals to the law of sowing and reaping, using a metaphor from the discipline of agriculture. Whatever one sows one reaps. One cannot sow according to the flesh, and realistically expect to reap the peace and joy, the winning of others to Jesus, get many answers to prayer, etc. The law of spiritual harvest is as inexorable as the law of physical agriculture. If the farmer sows beans, it is beans he will reap- not peas or cauliflower. So, if your life is not producing much spiritual fruit, check the seeds!
What are you sowing? Contention? Pride? Selfishness? Deceitfulness? Be ready for a harvest! It won’t be pleasing. But if the you sow to the Spirit- Love- Peace- Joy-Acceptance of others- Eagerness to serve- Humility-you will also have a harvest. But a totally different harvest from sowing to the flesh. God further promises, through the Holy Spirit, that we must not grow weary in doing good, because we will reap if we don’t grow weary. Therefore, he says, find, and fulfill opportunities to do good to all people.