Bible Thought

The Law of Sowing and Reaping

Sowing and Reaping Principle

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

—Galatians 6:7-9

When we think about sowing and reaping, a topic the Bible actually covers quite a bit, we are prompted to think about the physical world even though the Bible is speaking of spiritual things. God’s promise is that we will reap. This can be either good or bad, depending on what it is you are sowing.

You Reap What You Sow

If you plant corn, you reap corn. No one expects to plant green beans and have carrots sprout up. However, we tend to think that we can sin and do wrong and still reap good things.

This does not have to be negative though. These verses are nestled into a beautiful passage of verses (1-10) that talk about doing good and serving others. The result is a promise that you will reap after the same kind as you sow.

You Reap More Than You Sow

This is the part of the law of sowing and reaping that can either excite you are scare you. Obeying God and serving Him can result in some wonderful blessings. I am not advocating a “name it and claim it” type religion, but God does promise that you will reap more than you sow (Matthew 25:14-30).

This is a natural principle. The farmer who plants one kernel of corn does not expect a single kernel to pop up. No, he expects a whole stalk with several ears which have hundreds of kernels of corn on them.

You Reap in Proportion to What You Sow

Beyond reaping more than you sow, you also reap proportionately to what you sow. If you sow one seed for a bean stalk you can expect dozens or hundreds of beans. But if you plant 10 you can expect a to reap 10 times more than if you only planted one. That is natural in the law of sowing and reaping.

You Reap Later Than You Sow

As a young boy I remember we planted a garden each year. I got excited to think about all the little veggies growing in the field. I had hoped to see new growth every day. I also grew impatient at times when the garden progressed so slowly. But an experienced farmer knows that the harvest doesn’t happen overnight. It takes weeks for some crops, months for others and can even take years for other kinds of crops to mature for the harvest.

However long it takes, the law of sowing and reaping indicates that the harvest comes at a later time. We will reap if we continue to sow.

How’s Your Garden?

Are you sowing good seed? Remember you will reap what you sow, more than you sow, later than you sow and to a greater proportion than what you sow.

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