Sowing and Reaping
For whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:7b-9
God’s Word is spiritual seed and food. As realistically as your physical body needs physical food, your spiritual self needs the Word of God. It’s pure and powerful, and when you sow it into your spirit, you will reap amazing benefits.
1. BE INTENTIONAL. Take the responsibility to tend to your life as you would a garden. First till the soil of your heart to break up any hard ground, then the Word of God can take root and grow. For example, pull the weeds and remove bitterness, unforgiveness, and apathy.
2. DO EVERYTHING IN LOVE. Words are seeds. Stay away from seeds that yield poisonous plants and weeds that choke out the life of God’s Word (Mark 4:14-20). Avoid discord and strife. Instead, sow seeds of love and encouragement. As we sow God’s promises, faith is produced in our lives.
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6
3. MAINTAIN AN ATTITUDE OF ABUNDANCE. Each one of us is called to be like “a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:3). Keep sowing seeds of life morning, noon, and night into yourself and others with the expectation that it’s going to produce a giant result—both now and into eternity.
God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®
Today I sow life into my spirit. I treasure God’s Word in my heart (Psalm 119:11). For it is not my strength, but it is God who is effectively at work in me, both to will and to work — strengthening, energizing, and creating in me the longing and the ability to fulfill God’s purpose for His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13 AMP).
“The land doesn’t care. It will return poison in just as wonderful abundance as it will corn … What we plant it must return to us.” –Earl Nightingale
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