7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.8 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.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Galatians 5:13 NIV
In Jesus we are set free. But our freedom is not to be used to indulge the selfish desires of our sinful nature. When we come to Christ our lives are no longer our own. They belong to the Lord and our lives should be a living sacrifice to the Lord. In all that we do we should bring honor and glory to His name. Some have distorted the grace of God as simply a license to indulge the sinful nature. Claiming that where sin abounds, that grace abounds even more. But when we rightly understand the grace of God and especially all that Jesus went through so we could be free. We will view the lives we live and the choices we make much differently. May we use our freedom to walk in obedience and walk in holiness and simply pursue the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Galatians 2:20 NASB
We simply live this Christian life by faith. It is not based upon works. Works are a natural result of authentic faith because if we are truly following Jesus and following the leading of the Holy Spirit then the fruit of the Holy Spirit will be produced in our lives which will lead to works for God’s kingdom.
We do not live this life in our own strength but in the strength of the Lord. In all that we will face upon the earth the Lord will strengthen us and enable us to overcome. His grace and strength is greater than anything that we will face. But it requires us to abide in Him daily through prayer and the study of His word.
His desire is to simply develop a close, intimate relationship with us. It is in the place of intimacy that we are simply transformed into the image of Christ. People might be able to argue against the truth of God’s word, but what they can’t argue against is a life transformed by His love and His grace. May we simply abide each day in Him.
“For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.”Galatians 1:10 NASB
As followers of Christ the only person’s opinion who matters is Jesus Christ. We live in a world in which people desire the praise and worship of others. People become addicted to fame and attention. But as Christians we are called to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. This will cause some to become offended by our lives and offended by what we say. But again Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Let us seek the Holy Spirit for strength and wisdom each day. It is only through fully relying upon God that we walk in true freedom.