“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. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Galatians 6:7-10 NKJV
Time flies. My weeks blow by quickly, and I frequently shake my head as i contemplate what I did and what I failed to do. Lately, I have taken to examining what portion of my time I give to the things of God and how much I devote to my flesh. Some things I must give: I have to sleep, I have to eat, then there is the inevitable waste removal, bathing, and needed chores around the house.
The key to my life is what I do with the descretionary time, the time outside of the necessary, that I have to do the things I want. I am finding that my choices in this realm set the tone for my spiritual life. I can remember when I would awaken, and get about the necessary things, and head out the door to the rest of my life. Life was simple.
After Jesus, things began to change. I found that I had a necessity to take time to pray and read my bible. In the beginning the effort was more of an afterthought, as I might knock back a verse or two, throw up some “popcorn prayers” and call it a day. As I grew and developed, I found that I had an increasing desire to invest more of that descretionary time. As I gave more time to God, I received more in return. I was sowing more to the Spirit, and reaping spiritual benefits. The psiritual benefits are far more satisfying.
I think back at all the time I wasted on fleshly things, and all the money I wasted. Growing in Christ resulted in my joyfully giving more time to the pursuit of God and service to Him. I gave what money I had to the service of the Lord, and did so joyfully, I enjoyed the time I spent serving. My time with the Lord became something I looked forward to each morning. These days it is essential to my well being.
There is no loss in sowing to the Spirit, only gain. I never find myself thinking, “I wish I hadn’t …” in regard to doing the spiritual. I have many regrets when I consider how much of my life I gave over to sin. I cant get those years back, but God does restore what the locusts have eaten, in the form of His great spiritual treasure.
The sowing to the Spirit has caused me to look through different eyes, as I encounter others. I am not looking to do what benefits me, but instead, what I can do for the benefit for those I move through this world with. Sowing to the flesh causes one to look inward, and miss the opportunities to serve and witness. It is all about me and my needs and wants.Sowing to the Spirit makes it about Jesus, and Jesus is all about the saving of souls.
We are in a period of time when it seems that everyone is out for their own desires, wants and needs. It is so easy to become self centered, and stop considering the needs of others. The greatest need in these uncertain times is the need for salvation. One would have to be blind and deaf to think that there will be a time when everything will get back to “normal”. We are witnessing life as we know it being rolled up like a yoga mat.
Believers, sow to the Spirit. It is easy to be caught up in the concerns of the flesh. It is easy to look on all that is happening and lose sight of humanity, screaming out in pain. Pain from sin. Do good to others today. Pray for those who hate you, who you find repugnant, and ask the Lord to give you the desire to serve. Ask Him for that power to serve day in and day out. Do not grow weary.
Ask the Spirit of God to give you strength to love the unloved, to share the great Gospel with those who do not know the Lord. The Good News will often be met with anger, but it must go out. We must not be weary in doing good. Ask the Lord hoiw you can serve those outside of the household of faith and how you can serve those within. Very often doing good, opens the door to the eternal conversation, that opportunity to tell someone of the God who saves.
We reap what we sow. I am convinced that much of the turmoil we are facing as a nation is due to Christian’s failure to consistently share the message of the Gospel. We have sown the seeds of the great Omission, and failed to focus on the importance of telling a lost world of Jesus dying on the cross, how He was buried and His rising on the third day. We have not told the story of what Jesus has done for us, and the power of the forgiveness of sins in our lives.
Amazing grace, How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now I am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
Go and sow!