Sowing and Reaping-Galatians 6:7-10

Galatians 6:7-10 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

Galati 6:7-10  Non vi ingannate; non ci si può beffare di Dio; perché quello che l’uomo avrà seminato, quello pure mieterà. 8 Perché chi semina per la sua carne, mieterà corruzione dalla carne; ma chi semina per lo Spirito mieterà dallo Spirito vita eterna. 9 Non ci scoraggiamo di fare il bene; perché, se non ci stanchiamo, mieteremo a suo tempo. 10 Così dunque, finché ne abbiamo l’opportunità, facciamo del bene a tutti; ma specialmente ai fratelli in fede.” 

     As Paul moves to the conclusion of Galatians, he gives them a strong warning. The command simply put says that God will not be fooled. Paul uses the word “mocked” which comes from the word to describe snubbing your nose at something in ridicule. Judgment is clear to those who willfully deceive themselves by not respecting God or His laws. 

     There are natural laws that have a universal effect anywhere and for everyone. Whether one is a believer or not, these laws apply. One is the law of sowing and reaping. Crucial to understanding this law is the fact that each sower decides what his harvest will be. Everyone reaps in kind and that can’t be changed. What we are not told is how long it will take. Some may think they have escaped but eventually it will manifest itself in what has been sown. Notice that Paul refers to this idea by saying “at the proper time”.

     The direct application in the text refers to sowing and reaping in matters of sin and righteousness. If we continue to sow sin, destruction will be produced (either on earth or for eternity-probably both). If we sow righteousness, we will possess eternal life (both here on earth and for all eternity).

Pray with me: Lord, I sometimes forget that You have put the laws of sowing and reaping into effect for my benefit. Help me to take more seriously that how I live and what I do are a foretaste for all eternity.

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