Friday, January 6, 2012

Don't Grow Weary

You are what you eat ...
Garbage in, garbage out ...
You've made your bed, now lie in it ...
You reap what you sow ...

You reap what you sow.  
A very familiar phrase; did you know it is found in the Bible?  Do you know where?  What about the context?

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.  Galatians 6:7 NIV

I like the way the New Living Translation puts it:  "Don't be misled--you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant."  You cannot mock the justice of God.  That phrase will either give you great peace or cause you great turmoil.  

You find great peace in the justice of God when you know that you are living to please the Spirit.  That doesn't mean we don't make mistakes and mess up.  But when our goal in life is to please God and bring Him glory, we find comfort in God's principle of sowing and reaping.

When we live to please our sinful nature, however, God's justice is not quite so comforting.  If we are sowing to our selfish desires, ignoring the needs of others, even ignoring God, we will fear His justice on that day of judgement.  

That is why Scripture exhorts us to "not become weary in doing good."  We will reap what we sow.  God's promises are true and He is a just God.  At the right time (God's timing, not ours) we will reap a harvest if we don't give up.  Sow to the flesh, reap destruction; sow to the Spirit, reap eternal life.
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.  Galatians 6:10  ESV

Many blessings,

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  1. Very impressive to think about. Thank you.

  2. Wonderful truth today Lisa! When we live our lives in the pursuit of God's glory, we never need fear God's justice. :-)

    Have a Blessed Weekend my friend!

  3. "You cannot mock the justice of God." I love that. And you are so true, it can cause peace or turmoil, depending on where your heart lies. Great encouragement.

  4. Lisa,

    This is such a awesome truth about God. You pointed something out that is so often taken out of context about reaping what we sow, if we mess up and make mistakes we think that we will be punished. I like how you said it sow to the flesh and reap destruction, sow to the spirit and reap eternal life, that says it so perfectly.

    Blessings to Lisa.

  5. Awesome post Lisa, so very true.