Freedom #30: Sowing and Reaping
The universe operates on God’s Laws which are absolute and predictable. In absolute confidence in God’s physical laws, astronauts can determine the timing, the speed and the trajectory of their rockets to accomplish their goals. Farmers are confident that when they plant corn they will reap corn and not barley. When one jumps out of a plane without a parachute, God’s law of gravity will kill him. Moral and spiritual laws are just as absolute and predictable. Evil thinking leads to evil living. Feed your mind with God’s Word and it will lead to purity and spiritual maturity. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to the flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that soweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Galatians 6:7-8
God’s laws are consistent. There is no need to prove them, and to try to argue against them is futile. These laws work for believers and unbelievers alike. We can’t sin and get away with it. Our hearts tend to lead us to rationalize away God’s warnings. I John 1:8 and James 1:22 warn us that it is possible to deceive ourselves.
False teachers can deceive us. How many Christian young people have been led astray in a Christian college that was once faithful to God’s Word, but has been infected by a liberal, Bible-denying professor! How many church going people have been deceived and led into false doctrine by a false teacher! II Timothy 3:13 warns us that in the last days, churches would be filled by false teachers who deny the Bible to be the inspired, infallible Word of God. That, of course, has been going on for two millennia. In fact, in Old Testament times, Israel was led astray by false prophets.
Behind these false teachers, of course, is Satan, the Master Deceiver. Revelation 12:9, Jude 17-19
There are many Scriptures that warn us of the certainty of God’s law of sowing and reaping. Proverbs 1:24-3-1, 11:18-19, 29, 22:6.
In the book of Esther we read of a Jew hater who prepared gallows to kill Jews. Through the sovereignty of God and the courage of Queen Esther, the tables were turned and Haman ended up hanging from the gallows he had built for others.
You can’t win at sin!
Thank God that no sinner need reap eternal death in hell for the sins he sowed in his life. Thank God that Jesus bore the full penalty for those sins and we can reap the eternal life that Jesus sowed for us on the cross, if we admit we are guilty sinners and put our trust in Christ who died and rose again to save us.
Though a genuine Christian is eternally saved, yet Christian still sin and those who do will always be caught and bear the consequences in this life, even though their souls are saved. Christians NEVER get away with sin. The unsaved do. They seem to get away with it throughout their lives. Of course, they suffer for their sins in hell because they have rejected Christ. But the Christian, though eternally saved, will be caught every time and will suffer the consequences of his sins in this life.
If you want to play dangerously, go climb a pole and play with the electric power lines, or play Russian roulette with a loaded gun; but don’t be a fool and attempt to play with sin and get away with it. You can’t win! You will always pay in this life.
Sow to the flesh, that is, give in to the temptations of your self nature and you will pay in your flesh every time. Sow to the Spirit, that is, allow God’s Spirit to control your life and do right and you will reap the blessings of that life.
Throughout my ministry of over fifty years I have seen many young people who were warned of God’s law of sowing and reaping; but felt that they could be the exception. In every case, they have ended up making sinful choices and reaping a life of misery. My heart is broken repeatedly by these foolish young people who thought they could out-smart God and get away with sin. They mess up every time!
Christian brother or sister, remember the promise of Galatians 6:9. “Let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season, we shall reap if we faint not.” Just keep on keeping on living for Christ and doing what you ought to do. Be courageous and buck the crowd. Be like the salmon that swims upstream against the current. God has a wonderful life for such faithful Christians. You will be rewarded in this life and in eternity.
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