Galatians 6:7-8: A man reaps what he sows

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.  Galatians 6:7-8

What we sow into our lives is what we shall reap.  The apostle Paul makes a distinction between the flesh and the Spirit.  Sowing to the flesh is simply indulging in the lust of the flesh.  When our lives are built upon simply seeking after and fulfilling the lust of the flesh, it will ultimately lead to destruction.

What many fail to understand is the destructiveness and deceptiveness of sin.  When we begin to indulge in sin it is like a snake that begins to wrap itself around us.  The more we indulge the more it wraps itself around us and eventually begins to suck the very life out of us.  We get so focused on fulfilling the sinful desires within us that ultimately it will destroy our lives.

But when we sow to the Spirit we grow in the nature and character of Christ.  Sowing in the Spirit is simply following the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Examples of sowing to the Spirit are things like studying God’s word, spending time in prayer, spending time with fellow believers, sharing our faith, ministering to those in need.

When our lives are built upon following the leading of the Holy Spirit we will experience the abundant life that Jesus proclaimed.  We are saved by the grace of God, but it requires us each day to walk with Christ and seek after Him.  There have been some who have begun with Christ, but in the end have abandoned the faith and the Lord.

Growing in Christ requires effort on our part.  It requires us to chase after and seek after the Lord.  Every day we have on this earth is either an opportunity to grow in Christ or move away from Him.  A true disciple is one who walks closely with the Lord on a daily basis.  May we commit ourselves to daily seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness.  That we will continually sow to the Spirit and resist the lust of the flesh.


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