Sowing and Reaping Revisited

photo of wheat in the fieldThis morning the pastor at church said he was going to talk about the law of sowing and reaping. A few of the same thoughts I shared previously made their way into the pastor’s sermon, but then he shared a couple of other good points. I thought you might enjoy his outline.


Isaiah 33:1; Galatians 6:7-10

God will forgive your sins. He has promised to do so (1 John 1:9). However, when you set that sin in motion, you also set in motion the law of sowing and reaping.

You cannot break God’s law of sowing and reaping.

Wise sowers always sow with the harvest in mind.

  • The wise sower anticipates the harvest in the future
  • Sometimes we forget this spiritually
  • As you get older you understand the law better and try to help those younger than you also understand

You will reap what you sow.

You won’t reap something different than you sow. You cannot plant a pear tree and expect to get apples from it. You cannot sow sin and expect to reap blessings.


Jacob deceived his father by pretending to be the older son. Jacob was deceived by his father-in-law by receiving the elder daughter when he was expecting the younger.


Ahab wanted the land that belonged to Naboth (1 Kings 21). When Naboth would not sell it to him, Ahab went home and pouted to his wife Jezebel. Through cunning and deception she had Naboth killed and presented the land to her husband. As a result the prophet Elijah proclaimed that Ahab would be slain and the dogs would lap up his blood from the same place where Naboth was killed. In 1 Kings 22 Ahab was slain and the prophecy was fulfilled.

Paul and Stephen

Before Saul of Tarshish was saved he stood and watched the stoning of Stephen. Years later after his salvation and a name change to Paul the Apostle, he too was stoned. While Paul survived the stoning (unlike Stephen), he reaped what was sown earlier in his life.

Whatever you are sowing now you will reap later.

You always reap more than you sow.

  • One seed generates much more than originally planted

2 Corinthians 9:6

This should not always be seen as a negative aspect of sowing and reaping. The law is true when sowing righteousness too.

Innocent people are affected by what you sow.

  • Humanity was impacted by the sin of Adam and Eve.
  • All of Egypt was blessed by the obedience and trust Joseph had toward God.
  • Innocent bystanders can be blessed or cursed by the things you sow.

What are you sowing?

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.