Farmers are patient people. Really, they are. Especially gardeners. Every spring, they must work hard to plant the seed. They prepare the soil, and put the seed in the ground and then . . . . They wait. Day after day goes by and the ground looks the same. And the next day it still looks like dirt. And the next. And the next. In order to reap a harvest, they must have faith. You see, the reason that farmers, gardeners, and all of us have food to eat is because someone had faith in the principle of sowing and reaping. The someone sowed, and he patiently waited for the harvest. No matter how many days he looked at the barren ground and saw nothing, he was faithful.
It’s a lot like our spiritual lives. We sow either good works, or bad, and in the end we reap. Galatians tells us, “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” The next verse expounds on that idea in saying, “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Pretty simple eh? Just like your garden, you put in whatever you want to get.
From this we can draw some conclusions. First (and obviously) if you sow to the flesh you reap corruption. Obviously, if you sin you’re going to mess up your life. But remember the patient farmer? Things didn’t look like they were going to grow at first. And that’s exactly how it is with sin. You plant sin, and then you look at the ground and say, “I don’t see anything.” What’s the big deal? The ground looks the same!” Next day, you plant some other sin. And the ground of your heart looks the same. After a while, all those seeds start growing and bearing fruit, and before you know it you are overwhelmed by the sin in your life and there seems to be no escape! All those previous sins are bringing more sins every day and it’s only by the grace of God that you can break the cycle.
You can put your faith in the principle of sowing and reaping.
Second observation. When you sow righteousness, you gain a reward. Here’s one more situation. You plant righteous living in the ground of your heart. And the next day you’re like, “What’s up with all the hard work? It was a real struggle to plant that and I got nothing!” Next day, you plant, but there’s still no harvest. It’s tempting to quit. It really is. It’s not easy to keep going. That’s why so many people sign up for the gym on New years and quit before they’re in shape. They didn’t sow long enough to reap.
You may think, well I sowed. Shouldn’t I reap? Well, yes, you will. But the Bible also tells us, “He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” A farmer fills his field with seed, so he has enough harvest to live, and we must do the same. We can’t live off the harvest of one or two seeds. We need a bountiful harvest.
God knows that it isn’t always easy to keep going. That’s why he gives us promises to encourage us. He tells us that we will reap what we sow. He tells us there is a reward for righteousness. He tells us to keep going. Wherever you are, and whatever your situation, I say to you: “Keep going.” Keep sowing. It may not be easy now, but you will reap a harvest. However bountiful your harvest is, depends on what you do now.
I leave you with Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
And just one more Scripture I couldn’t leave out: “The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.” – Proverbs 11:18
Your reward is sure. Keep going!