What You Sow Is What You Will Reap
God is really into farming, aka sowing and reaping. In Galatians 6:7 we read, “Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside). (He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God). For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.”
Is God talking only about farming or gardening? You know, planting seeds in the ground, watering them, letting the sun shine on them, and waiting patiently for the results– your harvest. You will get back whatever type of crop you plant. If you planted corn, you will get corn. If you planted potatoes, you will get potatoes. That’s the way it works. That’s the law of sowing and reaping.
But what if I become impatient waiting for my potatoes to be ready to harvest? What if I am wondering if all my sowing is actually doing any good? What if I decide to stop trusting this sowing and reaping process? If I dig up my potato plant to see if my sowing is “working”, I will have ruined any harvest I might have had.
Often in the Bible, Jesus talks about sowing and reaping in connection with the Kingdom of God. This process is used in many different ways. For example, your words are your seeds. We must be very careful what we let come out of our mouths because with our words we are planting our seeds. If you are continually complaining and feeling sorry for yourself, you will not be planting good seed. What you are reaping in your life today is a result of the seeds you planted with your words years ago.
The best way to use our words wisely is to speak God’s Words over our lives. “I am the head and not the tail. I am above and not beneath. Everything I set my hand to prospers. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. God loves me. He is for me. He has an amazing plan for my life.” I encourage you to get a copy of Joyce Meyers’ book, “The Secret Power of Speaking God’s Word”. It is a small book that gives you verses to confess over your life. I think I have almost worn mine out! Charles Capps also has a book called “Faith and Confession: How to Activate the Power of God in Your Life”. This is the best book I have ever seen that explains confessing God’s Word over your life.
Do you have a need in your life? Use God’s principle of sowing and reaping. Sow something into God’s Kingdom and believe for your seed to be multiplied. Mark 4:8 tells us “And other seed (of the same kind) fell into good (well-adapted) soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing, and yielding up to thirty times as much, and sixty times as much, and even a hundred times as much as had been sown.” If you feel you can’t sow money, sow your time, sow a smile, sow something! Then thank God every day for a manifestation of what you have been believing for.
Mark 4: 26-30 tells us, “The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed upon the ground. And then continues sleeping and rising night and day while the seed sprouts and grows and increases–he knows not how. The earth produces (acting) by itself–first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe and permits, immediately he sends forth (the reapers) and puts in the sickle, because the harvest stands ready.”
This is exactly how we can follow God’s ways. We sow seed–words, finances, time,–and then we wait patiently for the manifestation of what we have been believing for, thanking Him that by faith, we have what we are asking for. As we sow our seed, God begins working on our behalf behind the scenes. People, positions, circumstances begin moving, even though we may not see anything happening yet, but be encouraged, God has heard your prayers; He has seen your sown seed; He knows exactly how to get to you what you desire.
Remember to sow good seed into your life. II Corinthians 9:6 tells us, “(Remember) this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously (that blessings may come to someone) will also reap generously and with blessings.” Proverbs 11:18 says, “The wicked man earns deceitful wages, but he who sows righteousness shall have a sure reward.” Job 4:8 continues, “As I myself have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble and mischief reap the same.”
I am going to sow good into my life. I will sow good words, God’s Words. I will sow my tithe into God’s Kingdom. I will sow kindness at every opportunity, and I can expect my hundredfold!