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16th May 2023


Sowing and Reaping

The Bible has a good deal to say about sowing & reaping & this will our theme for the week.
We reap what we sow. That is true in both the natural & the spiritual realm.
Our experiences in the natural teach us that we reap later then we sow & we generally reap more than we sow.
We therefore need to be wise & intentional about what we sow into our own, & other peoples, lives.


Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:7-9


God has built the principle of sowing & reaping into this world.
This principle in life is unavoidable & there are no shortcuts for every choice & decision carries consequences.
We sow in the natural & we sow in the spiritual realm. We will reap from both in due course.
The type of seed we sow (words, thoughts, actions) reaps of its own kind – always.
We are encouraged to be those who sow to the Spirit rather than the flesh.
Staying in step & walking in obedience with the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16 & 25).
The fruit of righteousness will then follow & be reaped in our lives (James 3:18).

When we walk in the Spirit we will walk in the good works prepared for us (Ephesians 2:10).
We will find ourselves doing what is good. Those things that please the Lord & bless other people.
When we sow to the Spirit at just the right time, in God’s perfect timing, we will produce a harvest.
Sowing to the Spirit enables us to reap a harvest of blessing. How good is that!!!

The apostle Paul encourages the Galatians not to grow weary in doing good.
They are to keep doing good (especially to the household of faith) by repeatedly sowing to the Spirit.
That same principle & exhortation applies to us today.
Always remember what you plant in the present, you will reap in the future. Every today shapes tomorrow. SELAH Be careful how & what you sow & always be looking for an opportunity to reap the harvest.

For Reflection

  • How intentional am I about what I sow through my life?
  • In what ways am I sowing positively into my, & other peoples, lives?
  • Meditate upon the principle of sowing & reaping.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the good works You have prepared for me,
Help me to keep sowing into them without growing weary.
Jesus may Your rich & powerful words of truth & life,
Reap a rich harvest & mighty yield in my life.
Holy Spirit keep me walking in tandem with you, sowing wisely,
That I may reap a harvest of blessing & the fruit of righteousness.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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