Sowing and reaping (Galatians 6:7-10)
To sum up: sin is a serious matter, and we don’t have the luxury of being able to ignore it. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” (Galatians 6:7) The devil will try to persuade us that we can somehow get away with deliberate wrongdoing – that because God loves us, He will turn a blind eye to our sins. But nothing could be further from the truth. The consequences do not necessarily follow immediately; it may take many years for the ‘crop’ to ripen. But sooner or later, a day of reckoning will come, and our spiritual ‘investments’ (whether good or evil) will be repaid with compound interest. If we persistently indulge our sinful nature and pander to its desires, moral decay will set in and sin will take over our lives. In extreme cases, we may even forfeit our stake in the life to come! The better alternative is to ‘please the Spirit’ by feeding our minds on God’s Word, sharing fellowship with other Christians, and resisting the pull of the sinful nature. Every act of obedience will strengthen our relationship with God and increase our harvest of the fruit of the Spirit.
The nature of the harvest depends on the type of seed that we sow; the abundance of the harvest depends on the amount that we sow (II Corinthians 9:6). The good deeds produced by ‘sowing to please the Spirit’ are themselves a type of ‘seed’ – one that it is easy to tire of sowing. People can be unresponsive and ungrateful; our efforts to do good all too often seem to go to waste. But we mustn’t allow ourselves to get disheartened. The longer we persevere, the greater will be our eventual reward. “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galatians 6:10)