A young man lived on a farm with his family whose land was loaded with grass burrs. They lived next to a man that had a large farm that was beautifully kept up and did not have any grass burrs. As a result the young man was envious of his neighbors farm. One day the neighbor did something that angered the young man and he gathered a bushel basket full of grass burrs and scattered them over all of his neighbor’s fields.
When the young man grew up he fell in love with his neighbor’s daughter, married her, inherited his neighbor’s land and fought grass burrs the rest of his life. This is literally reaping what you sow. In a similar way, but maybe not quiet as literally, we also reap what we sow in our life.
This is what Paul was teaching in his letter to the Galatians 6:7-9 when he said, “Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
This principle is true in many areas of our life. Even when we do things to our body that harm it; it may result in an unhealthy body in years to come. If we do not honor, respect and love our spouse and our marriage relationship, as we should, many times it will result in a failed, or at best an unhappy, marriage. If we do not treat our children with respect, love, and patience, and do not spend the time with them that they need and deserve, then we may loose their respect and love in the process. As a result in the above examples we may ask, “what did I do wrong?” We are simply reaping what we have been sowing!
What is true in the physical things is also true in the spiritual and eternal things as our text in Galatians tells us. So in view of the law of reaping what we sow, should we not take a look at what we will be reaping years from now? We may not like the crop we will be harvesting!
Just something to think about!