Devotion

The Law of Sowing and Reaping

by Greg Laurie on Jan 27, 2016
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

There are laws that govern everything we do in life. There is the law of gravity, discovered by Newton, that basically says things tend to fall downward. Or, to put it another way, what goes up must come down. Then there is the law of thermodynamics, which effectively says that all things are breaking down. And of course, there is Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong (and usually at the most inopportune time, I might add).

Then there is the biblical law of sowing and reaping, which we find in Galatians 6:7–8: "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."

There is a negative and a positive side to this biblical law. If you sow to the flesh, you will reap corruption. You may think you’re getting away with things, but you won’t. It will come out eventually.

But you also will reap what you sowed for God’s purposes. As a little time passes, you’ll look at your friends who went out and did all the things they did, and then you’ll look at your own life and say, "Thank God, I didn’t miss a thing."

While others sowed their wild oats, you sowed spiritual seed. While others pursued fun, you pursued faith. While others pursued parties, you pursued prayer. While others pursued sexual pleasure, you pursued sexual purity. While others pursued this world, you pursued the next world. While others reap corruption, you will reap life.

Sow to the Spirit, and you will reap life everlasting. We will reap what we have sown as followers of Jesus.

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