Reap what you sow

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Taken from Galatians 6:7-8, the Verse of the Day for January 21, 2017 strongly admonishes believers as to how they should conduct themselves:

Galatians 6:7-8 (AMPC)

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. For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction, but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Verse 9 provides a finishing word of encouragement:

And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.

This passage refers to one of the universal, spiritual principles of life: “sowing and reaping.” A parallel passage is found in 2 Corinthians 9:6:

6 [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.

In other places in the Bible this same principle of reciprocity is called “giving and receiving.” Jesus Christ emphasizes the magnitude of following this principle:

Luke 6:38(NLT)

38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

While the application of these principles is often set within a financial context within the Church, the underlying principle of reciprocity is universal, relating to all categories of life. As believers when we give of our time, energy, and effort toward reading and studying Word of God and applying the principles that we discover, we will reap the benefits in all aspects of our lives.

It has been said that our thoughts are seeds to our words and deeds. Philippians 4:8 remind us of where and how we should direct our thoughts:

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

In thinking about principles of sowing and reaping along with giving and receiving, I recall a related poem written in celebration of my birthday:

I Sing in My Garden

Oh, sing unto the LORD a new song!
Sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
Proclaim the good news from day to day.
Psalm 96:1-2

I sing in my garden and reap the good,
The bounty of living seventy-four years.
Each note seems to evoke a stream of tears
That fall, not because of some somber mood
But flow from a heart filled with gratitude.
The folk song of the farmer thrills my ears
Each time plowing, planting or harvest nears.
I compose my song, having understood
Lyrics I did not know when I was young,
When life was uncertain, my song unsure.
Now from my green garden I garner truth.
A song of conviction flows from my tongue.
I am seasoned and strengthened to endure,
Knowing the best lines are yet to be sung.

Daniel Winans offers this closing reminder you “Reap What You Sow”:

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