Tuesday, May 1, 2012
"SO SHALL YOU REAP"
Good Evening to All!
(7) Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (8) 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. (9) 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 NKJV
You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So, let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up. (NLT)
God sees the seeds that we plant. We sow seeds of contentment as we say no to the temptation to believe the lie that we need "stuff" to be happy. We sow seeds of peace as we refuse to give in to the temptation to criticize and complain. We sow seeds of generosity as we give, even when we have needs of our own. We sow seeds of humility when we turn the spotlight on someone else instead of on ourselves.
The beauty that blooms in our lives as we learn to sow these seeds and they take root and grow. They make us much happier, better people. They help us to grow in our relationship with God. This is how we begin an intimate relationship with Him. To understand that putting HIM FIRST as well as others needs before our own is Christ-likeness, which is what we are to strive for.
Every choice we make to please the Spirit enhances the harvest of blessing we are sure to reap. Now this devotional can go many directions. On one hand, if we sow seeds of generosity, and we give our tithes and offerings, then God will in turn bless us financially, and so on, BUT I prefer to think of "the blessing" which it is speaking of as the closeness with God, the bond that we will share with Him as we plant these seeds.
Another point I would like to make about seeds is that when we tell people about our wonderful relationship with God, as well as what He has done for us, we are also planting seeds. We are placing God's Word within that person's heart, and giving them hope that they can hang on to. Words that they can recall in times of worry, despair, fear, or any other problem they may have. Planting these seeds will also bring us closer to God.
This being said, the opposite is true also. If we plant seeds of greed, dishonesty, arrogance and so on, we will also reap from those also, although I would venture to say that what we would reap, we would definitely not consider a "blessing".
I pray that I will NEVER grow tired of sharing God's Word with others. He is the ONE on which I can ALWAYS depend on when others fail me.
Good Night to All and May God Bless,