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Reaping What We Sow

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. - Galatians 6:7 (NASB)

Seeing that this scripture is based off of agricultural terms in which a seed is planted into the ground and then hopefully a plant will appear in the future. I put much thought into what kinds of seeds I have planted into other's lives and seeds that have planted into mine.

My mother had given me a plant several years ago, I have had to transplant it several times due to how much it’s grown. When it was small, I had left the plant with someone and asked them to please care for it in my absence and after several months I was able to get the plant back into my possession, but the plant had lost leaves and was dying. It apparently hadn’t been watered while I was away. Sadly, the place where I had left my plant looked desolate and unkept upon my arrival, just like what was happening in the person’s life who was charged with caring for my plant.

As much as I tried, I was unable to help the person who appeared to be much like my plant, in a spiritual sense. Their life reflected what it looks like to walk away from the Lord. I didn’t think I would be able to salvage the plant, but I kept investing time into it. I began to see new growth and I became hopeful. As time went on, I realized, I too had been like the plant, physically, and mentally enduring a life that was full of neglect. When I began to make some necessary changes in my life, God allowed me to see how He nurtured me as I had cared for the plant. And now we were both flourishing.

We have so much to offer others through the grace of God, so I wonder what we are sowing into the lives of others or even our own wellbeing, spiritually, mentally, or physically? God says in verse 8, “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.”

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your creation, thank You that You teach us that we must spend our time living a life walking in Your Spirit and not according to our own ways. May You strengthen us as we sow into Your Kingdom.

This devotion by author, Terrie Miles, is exclusively and solely shared with permission to New Beginnings Church. Any unauthorized printed reproduction, sharing or use of this material is prohibited.

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