We Reap What We Sow
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. (Gal 6:7-9)
In a vegetable plot or flower
garden, what you reap as harvest depends on what you sow. If you plant
strawberries, then you'll pick strawberries once they grow. Cucumbers would not
grow from strawberry plants.
Likewise, what you sow in life has
a direct relationship to what you will receive in your life. In other words,
your actions all have consequences. Good actions result in good consequences,
and bad actions result in bad consequences.
What goes around,
comes around. No one is exempt. One example is Apostle Paul, who in a way, reaped what he sowed. When he was a Pharisee, he
thought he was doing God a favor by hunting down Christians, mistreating them,
and even approving of killing them —just because they were Christians.
Later, when Paul became a
Christian himself, it was his turn to
be hunted down, mistreated, and eventually killed—just because he was a
Christian. Only this time round, he sowed the right seeds and so he had a crown
of righteousness awaiting him.
Indeed, we do reap what we sow.
Sometimes we see the immediate results of our actions, such as a good grade on
the test we studied for or falling down and skinning our knees running on the
pavement even though our parents told us not to.
At other times, we may not see the
results of what our actions for a long time, such as not getting a good-paying
job when we grow up because we did not try very hard in school all those years,
or having good health because we ate wisely and took care of our health.
But do not ever be fooled into
thinking that your actions do not have consequences. Do not think you can get
away with bad choices even if you do not seem to get caught right away.
Remember, God cannot be mocked. He
sees it all. You reap what you sow.
Question for Reflection:
Are there things you have done
that you can still make amends for so as to reap good consequences?