Reaping and Sowing
We sow in tears and reap in joy!The nature of the universe is suchthat when certain causes are put in operationcertain effects must inevitably follow.We reap what we sow.Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,and whoever sows generouslywill also reap generously.The closest parallel actually appearsin the teaching of Jesus:"Give, and it will be given to you. . . .With the measure you use,it will be measured to you"Luke 6:38The principle is clear:we harvest in proportion to our planting--or, to use a contemporary maxim,"we get as good as we give."Giving is to be an individual matterthat is settled in the privacy of one's own heart.It is never to be determined by how much"the Joneses" are contributing.Giving requires resolve.Giving is to be a private, not a public, decision.It is to be decided in the heart.It is an unfortunate reality that some will giveonly if there is some form of public acclaimor recognition involved.Usually much pomp and circumstance is attachedto these donations, with the contributor's name(s)prominently displayed and the donation itselffrequently praised and honored publicly.The real reason to give is because one cannot help but give.The "need wakens a desire that cannot be stilled."This desire is in fact to give the way God gave;it was because God so loved the world that He gaveHis only Son.The giver benefits from generosity,and the recipients benefit as well.God is the third beneficiary of generous giving.God is also the recipient of praise.Men will praise God."We will glorify God by our obedience."God's response to generosity isto make all grace abound to the giver.Whatever we possess, be it physical or spiritual,we possess by reason of God's goodwill toward us,not because of personal merit.It is God Almighty who provides the meansfor one to be generous."Freely you have received,freely give."Matthew 10:8God's abounding grace extends beyondthe mere replenishment of resources.He is powerful not only to replace resources spent in servicebut also to multiply them to the pointthat at all times and in all thingswe have all that we need.The point of our resources' being replenishedis so that we, in turn, can abound in every good work (v. 8).Money is given not to be hoardedbut to promote good (Murphy-O'Connor 1991:91).The person who dares to be generous toward those in needis compared to the farmer who scatters his seed while sowing.To sow by scattering is the opposite of sowing sparingly.The farmer who scatters seed is generous with it.His gifts to the poor is literally"he gives to the poor."Ps 112:5: "Good will come to himwho is generous and lends freely""Sow a thought and you reap an act;sow an act and you reap a habit;Sow a habit and you reap a character;sow a character and you reap a destiny."(Samuel Smiles, Life and Labor).?????The destiny of the person who gives liberallyis arighteousness that endures forever.God knows all and sees all the givers' goodnessand rewards them with eternal life.Giving overflows in many expressions of thanksand heartfelt prayers to God.The generous giver, like the farmer,is dependent from start to finish on God:He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for foodwill also supply and increaseour store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of our righteousness."Seed for the sower and bread for the eater"comes from Isaiah 55:10,while "the harvest of your righteousness" is taken from Hosea 10:12.It is God "who richly provides us with everythingfor our enjoyment.1 Tim 6:17Take the farmer.God provides not only for his immediate physical needsin the form of a harvest of grain for his daily breadbut also for his future needsin the form of seed for next year's planting(supplies seed to the sower; 2 Cor 9:10).If God routinely does this for the farmer,He surely is able to do it for us--provided that we have good intentions.God supplies our seed and even increases itso that we can be generous on every occasion.The more we give, the more we will get from God.And the more we get, the more we are expected to give.seed and harvest are spiritual,not material, endowmentsa lifestyle of generosity that Paul commends.For those who give cheerfully and willingly,the promise is that God will provide all that they needto continue doing good.God's grace is at work in the lives of contributors.As in all areas of life, "the chief end" of humankind isto glorify God forever.So while the immediate aim of the collection is to relieve want,the ultimate goal is to bring honor to God--the enabler and provider of all that we possess.It is not enough to feel grateful for what others do for us.Heartfelt gratitude issues in prayer on the person's behalf.Prayer, in turn, has a way of bringing us into a closer relationshipwith those for whom we intercede.Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!.We can never outgive God, for He gave beyond all human imagining.God so loved us that he gave the ultimate gift,whose cost can never be matched:the gift of His only Son.We can give without loving,but we cannot love without giving.May we never consider doing anything to anyonethat we would not want done to us.Whatever we may want others to do for us,may we do also for or to them.Life can be a little challengingand sometimes discouragingif we don’t see the results...yesterday.One can have years of hard work,guts, and perseverance investedin their hearts desire...it matters not.There is a season for sowingand a season for reaping.Greatness is rarely achieved overnight.We must understand thatto achieve success,on any level,there will be a period of trusting and waiting.It may take several seasonsbefore our efforts manifest.We must Be patient.We must be prepared to wait for our harvest.Being patient develops our endurance...and endurance builds our character.Let us never forget...God's will, God's way,and God's timing are all perfect.God calls us to treat others with kindness and respect,even when they are not easy to love.True, treating others with kindness and respectcan be difficultwhen we are wronged continually,but, if we give in to our flesh and return evil for evil,we are sowing seeds of corruption,and in due season,we will reap accordingly.There is a lot of value in feeding our enemyif our enemy is hungryand giving our enemy a cool glass of waterif our enemy is thirsty.Treating someone well-even after one has been unkindwill ultimately benefit us.The more good we sow,the more good we reap.Negative deeds will eventuallybring harmful repercussions.If we sow evil, we reap evil.There are a few mean people in this world...a handful of rotten apples, as the old saying goes.When someone is mean to usand we don’t return the favor by acting mean as well,this keeps us from compromising our own integrity.We can think of our challenges as opportunitiesfor unbelievers to witness God’s love in action..We reap what we sow."As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest,cold and heat, summer and winter,day and night will never cease."Genesis 8:22These words were spoken to Noahas he looked at the earthcompletely destroyed by the flood.In other words,God was letting him knowhe could start over with the seeds in his handand create a beautiful world for himself and his family.When we are facing devastation,may we remember thatwe can begin to plant good seeds,and God will make them growinto an abundant harvest.We will reap what we have sown.We will reap what we have sown.Whatever we desire for our heart,we must sow.We order our harvest in advanceby the seeds we plant.The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life.
There is a season for sowing
and a season for reaping,
rarely do we experience both in the same season.The Law of Sowing and Reapingis a universal lawand it has been a very important partof every aspect of lifesince the beginning of time.
Ill gotten gain has no lasting value.What we sow,is directly proportionaland relativeto what we reap,or vice versa.Those who plant in tearswill harvest with shouts of joy.They weep as they go to plant their seed,but they sing as they return with the harvest.Psalm 126:5-5"Let us not become wearyin doing good,for at the proper timewe will reap a harvestif we do not give up.""Be not deceived;God is not mocked:for whatsoever a man soweth,that shall he also reap.For he that soweth to his fleshshall of the flesh reap corruption;but he that soweth to the Spiritshall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."Galatians 6:7-8Herein lies the root cause of the carelessand indulgent lifestyle of many people.They are deceived.They either do not believe the truth,or they think they will somehowbe the exceptions to God’s laws.We will reap what we have sown."Be not deceived."This word "deceived" literally means"to be led astray,"to be led astray either by yourselfor by someone else.The world is filled with peoplewho have been deceived...people who think that the lie is the truthand the truth is the lie.They follow the devil instead of the truth.To live in darkness -to be naive and lack common sensecauses one to become easy preyfor seductive cunning,flattery and other enticements.Always remember and never forget:God is not devious or crooked."God is not mocked."The rule of God stands.We can deceive ourselvesif we want to be deceived.One can be as wicked as one wants.But all of that will not changeGod's rule.
A small decision to do either good or bad
reaps a much bigger crop, for either joy or sorrow."Whatsoever one soweth,that shall one also reap."What a person sows,they will surely reap.This rule of God is always operative.It is operative in the natural realm.It is operative in the Spiritual realm.It is a law which God has put intothe very fabric of the universe.That rule can no more be changedthan the rule that we must eat and drink to survive.Or the rule that the sun rises in the eastand sets in the west.God is not mocked,because whatever a man sows,that will he also reap --no matter what.If one plants an orchard of peach treesone does not harvest oranges or apples or pears.We cannot "sow wild oats"and not "reap the harvest"!Whether it is good or bad,everyone reaps what they sow.God will render to each one of usaccording to our deeds.When we plant seedswe sow them."A man reaps what he sows"(harvests what he plants, gets what he deserves).We Reap What We SowGalatians 6:7-9We reap what we sow,we reap more than we sow,and we reap long after it is sown.
Every day we can sow good seeds
into God's kingdom.
Each day we can demonstrate God's love
in kindness and mercy.
Our due season will come.To reap what we sowis a Universal Lawand it is important and worthyof our consideration.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said,"An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere."The Bible teaches that "You reap what you sow";Hinduism (and others) speak of the law of Karma.Karma is the concept ofaction or deed.It is that which causesthe entire cycle of cause and effect.The effects of all deedsare viewed as actively shapingpast,present,and futureexperiences.The ancient law of karma insiststhat we do reap the resultsof our actions,as does the scientific lawthat states"For every actionthere is an equaland opposite reaction."Yin and YangThe interplay of the two forces makes up chi.Their balance is essential to harmony and health.Yin and Yang, in ancient Chinese thought,are the underlying and controlling elements of all nature.Used in the Western world to express any dualistic,reciprocal control system in which one influence tends to promote thingsthat the opposing influence tends to inhibit.We are the sole doer and enjoyerof our karma and its fruits.Good begets good,evil begets evil.Whatever we sow,no matter what that might be,that is what we reap.Nothing more, nothing less.We must begin sowing goodness today,if we want to reap goodness tomorrow!Day by day,we write our own destiny;for we becomewhat we do.If the past has taught us anythingit is that every cause brings its effect,and every action has a consequence.We have but two choices,which shall it be...Sow to the Spirit, and reap eternal life?orSow to the flesh, and reap corruption?True, the sun shines on boththe saint and the sinner alike,and too often it seemsthat the wicked prosper.The flourishing of the wicked is an illusion,for, unceasingly,life keeps books on us all.In the end,we are all the sum total of our actions.Character cannot be counterfeited.Like the markings ingrainedin the very heart of the tree,character requires time and nurturingfor growth and development.We reap what we sow.There is a time and seasonfor everything under Heaven.Whatever your heart needs or desiresgive it away.
Give it away until your heart becomesa reservoir of life.
The fruit we reap
will be commensurate with
the actions we have performed.
Is your heart a canal or is it a reservoir?
Is it overflowing or just passing by?
The Bible talks a lot about reaping and sowing.
Job 4:8 says,
“As I have observed,
those who plow evil
and those who sow trouble...
Our life can, sometimes,
become very discouraging if we
don’t see the results
we want after working hard.
But, this is the Law of Sowing and Reaping.
When attempting to
achieve something great,
let us be reminded...
it takes a certain period of time and effort.
We should understand that to achieve success
in whatever we desire,
hard work, guts, perseverance
and patience is key.
There is a fixed "season" in God's "purposes"
(for example, God has fixed the "time" when all sentient beings are to be born," and "to die," Ec 3:2),
so there is a lawful "time"
for us to carry out God's "purposes"
Eternal life awaits those
who are willing to sow to the Spirit
by patiently doing good.
All sentient beings
have an appointed cycle of
seasons and vicissitudes,
as the sun, wind, and water.
The sun rises and the sun sets,
The wind blows to the south and turns to the north;
around and round it goes,
The things that are happening to us now,
are the harvest of thoughts and actions sown from the past.
Today's thoughts and actions are seeds being sown
We decide our tomorrow by our sowing today.
Share and Do Good.
Our small labour of love, seemingly such a small seed,
might produce an unimagined harvest of good.
Sowing and reaping is an almost perfect analogy of life.
We can hardly do better than to see life as a process of
sowing seed, and reaping a harvest.
We can hardly do better than to take
May we leave future generations
thriving and prospering
in an abundance of reaping
a harvest of joy!