10 May Sowing and Reaping
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. (Galatians 6:7-8, NKJV)
These verses sound quite heavy, but they are so true in all areas of life. If I want to eat spinach, I must sow spinach seeds. If I want someone to be my friend, I should sow friendship towards them.
But when we read the whole text from verse 6 to verse 10 we see that this piece talks about giving material things. Then the question arises: if giving money or material things equate to sowing and reaping, what on earth does the part about ‘sowing to the flesh’ and ‘sowing to the Spirit’ mean?
We sow to the flesh when we give according to the guidance of the flesh. For example: giving to impress or control. Or not giving because of selfishness – ‘I don’t feel like it … someone else will give … my budget won’t balance if I tithe …”
At first it will seem fine, but in the end listening to the flesh in this way will bring destruction to our lives.
We sow to the Spirit when we give according to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in line with the truth of the Bible. For example: putting your trust in God’s provision by returning your tithe to Him; giving an offering or material gift towards kingdom work as prompted by the Holy Spirit in your heart.
This way of giving leads to a flow of provision in our lives. Verse 9 becomes true in our lives: ‘do not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not lose heart.’
God’s desire toward us is to bless us, but we can still choose what we sow. Do not lose heart if the harvest takes time to come – it will eventually. Some seeds take longer to grow than others, but God is always faithful!