Sowing and Reaping [Annotated, Updated]: Whatever a man sows that shall he also reap. – Galatians 6:7 by Dwight MoodyDo not deceive yourselves; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he that sows in the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8)
We cant get away from the principle of reaping what we sow. If we sow good seed, we anticipate a great harvest. But if we sow weeds, well harvest no more than we sowed. The same is true spiritually and practically. If we want a reward in heaven, we must live for Christ. On the other hand, if we lie, cheat, swear, steal, get drunk, use drugs, or otherwise fulfill the lusts of the flesh, the reality is well pay the consequences both now and in eternity. No matter how much society tries to convince us otherwise, this law has proven to be true without fail.
This is the bright truth held before us in this little book – if we sow good seed, we will reap a great harvest. While sowing and caring for the seed sown isnt without work, the promise of a great harvest is what keeps us going and what brings joy to our labors. Be assured that it is not in vain to spend much time pruning, weeding, and carefully watching over the garden of your heart and the hearts of those you love.
About the Author
Dwight L. Moody, determined to make a fortune, arrived in Chicago and started selling shoes. But Christ found him and his energies were redirected into full-time ministry. And what a ministry it was. Today, Moodys name still graces a church, a mission, a college, and more. Moody loved God and men, and the power of a love like that impacts generations.
Galatians 6:7-8 New Living Translation (NLT)
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap. Galatians For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. Job Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence. Job ,9 Will ye accept his person? Jude How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. Job Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. Proverbs Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
My Confession for Today
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. This principle is so true that Paul begins by telling us not to question its validity! The word planao is usually used in the New Testament to depict the activity of false teachers who deliberately lead people from liberty into teaching that enslaves them in some kind of spiritual bondage. When Paul wrote this verse, the language he used was a command coupled with a very strong prohibition. This means he was forbidding his readers from participating in something that seemed to have already been initiated. It seems so.
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