TEXT: Galatians 6:6-18 M/V: Gal. 6:7,8
MEANING OF THE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING. Gal.6:6,7; Gen.8:22; Luke 6:36; Job 4:8; Prov. 22:8; Hos.8:7; Rom. 2:4-6; 1Cor. 3:13-15.
From creation, God set to govern life on earth and regulate the choices and actions of men. Sowing and reaping are called a law or principle God established from the beginning. His covenant with Adam and all creation is: “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease” ( Gen.8:22). This law works for sinners and saints alike.
Sowing conjures a picture of a farmer planting seeds of crops he intends to harvest in the future. The businessman calls it an investment. Relating to the scripture, it is written that “…to him, that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward” (Prov. 11:18). Therefore, every man is a sower who will reap his harvest.
The implication of this law is that there are consequences of choices and actions. Many tend to make choices without, one, considering the consequences. Two, live their lives as if there are no consequences. Three, the deception is in thinking that there are no consequences when in fact they are just delayed. It is not until later years that the truth becomes clear and we discovered just how true they are.
The law hooks us today because One, we dwell too much on the present. Two, we have no regard for the future. Three, we have forgotten the fact that there is a price to pay for all choices and actions. Four, we don’t remember that God cannot be mocked. This lesson grants us insight into the future by enabling us to consider what kind of consequences we can expect from our actions. This is expected to be a matter of faith to believe God for what He has promised.
The law of sowing and reaping is universal and applies in both spiritual and physical realms. Everything in nature reproduces its kind. Life is like an echo, you get what you give out. Harvest follows sowing; effect follows cause; so every man will reap what he sowed. Those who sow to the flesh (those who indulge their flesh in all forms of sensuality livings) will reap corruption, sorrow, pain, and damnation, while those who deny their flesh and cultivate the spirit in obedience to divine demands will reap peace and eternal life.
As the seed is sown, so shall the harvest or reward be to the sower in the present and the next world. Any labour directed to please the flesh shall come to corruption and perdition, while labour in the spirit and fear of God will of necessity produce a harvest that will last forever with God. This principle is unchanging.