Reaping and Sowing

 We sow in tears and reap in joy!
 
 
 
 The nature of the universe is such
 
that when certain causes are put in operation
 
certain effects must inevitably follow. 
 
 
 
 
 
We reap what we sow.
 
 
 Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows generously
will also reap generously.
 The closest parallel actually appears
in the teaching of Jesus:
"Give, and it will be given to you. . . .
With the measure you use,
it will be measured to you"
 
Luke 6:38
 
The 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 matter
that 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 give
only if there is some form of public acclaim
or recognition involved.
 Usually much pomp and circumstance is attached
to these donations, with the contributor's name(s)
prominently displayed and the donation itself
frequently 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 gave
His 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 is 
to 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 means
for one to be generous. 
 
 "Freely you have received,
freely give."
Matthew 10:8
 
God's abounding grace extends beyond
the mere replenishment of resources.
 
He is powerful not only to replace resources spent in service
but also to multiply them to the point
that at all times  and in all things
 we have all that we need.
The point of our resources' being replenished
is so that we, in turn, can abound in every good work (v. 8).
Money is given not to be hoarded
but to promote good (Murphy-O'Connor 1991:91).  
 
The person who dares to be generous toward those in need
is 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 him
who 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 liberally
is arighteousness that endures forever.
 God knows all and sees all the givers' goodness 
and rewards them with eternal life.  
 
Giving overflows in many expressions of thanks
and 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 food
will also supply and increase
our 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 everything
for our enjoyment.
1 Tim 6:17
 
Take the farmer.
God provides not only for his immediate physical needs
in the form of a harvest of grain for his daily bread
but also for his future needs
in 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 it
so 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, endowments   
 
a lifestyle of generosity that Paul commends.
For those who give cheerfully and willingly,
the promise is that God will provide all that they need
to 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 is
to 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 relationship
with 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 anyone
 
that 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 challenging
 
and sometimes discouraging
 
if we don’t see the results...
 
yesterday.

One can have years of hard work,
 
guts, and perseverance invested
 
in their hearts desire...
 
it matters not.
 
There is a season for sowing
 
and a season for reaping.
 
 
Greatness is rarely achieved overnight.
We must understand that
 
to achieve success,
 
on any level,
 
there will be a period of trusting and waiting.
 
  It may take several seasons
 before 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 respect
can be difficult
when 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 enemy  
if our enemy is hungry
 
and giving our enemy a cool glass of water
if our enemy is thirsty.
 
Treating someone well-
even after one has been unkind
 
will ultimately benefit us.
 
 The more good we sow,
the more good we reap.  
Negative deeds will eventually
bring 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 us
and 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 opportunities
  for 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 8:22
  These words were spoken to Noah
as he looked at the earth
completely destroyed by the flood.
In other words,
God was letting him know
he could start over with the seeds in his hand
and create a be
autiful world for himself and his family.
 When we are facing devastation,
may we remember that
we can begin to plant good seeds,
and God will make them grow
into 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 advance
by 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 Reaping
 
is a universal law
  
and it has been a very important part
 
of every aspect of life
 
since the beginning of time. 
 
 
 
 Ill gotten gain has no lasting value. 
What we sow, 
is directly proportional
and relative
to what we reap,
or vice versa.
 
 
Those who plant in tears
will 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 weary
 
in doing good,
 
for at the proper time
 
we will reap a harvest
 
if 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 flesh
shall of the flesh reap corruption;
but he that soweth to the Spirit
shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."
Galatians 6:7-8  
 
 
Herein lies the root cause of the careless
and indulgent lifestyle of many people.
They are deceived.
They either do not believe the truth,
or they think they will somehow
be 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 yourself
or by someone else.
 
 The world is filled with people
 
who have been deceived...
 
people who think that the lie is the truth
 
 and the truth is the lie.
 
They follow the devil instead of the truth.
 
To live in darkness -
 
to be naive and lack common sense
 
causes one to become easy prey
 
for 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 ourselves
if we want to be deceived.
 One can be as wicked as one wants.
But all of that will not change
God'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 into
 
the very fabric of the universe.
 
That rule can no more be changed
 
than the rule that we must eat and drink to survive.
 
Or the rule that the sun rises in the east
 
and 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 trees
one does not harvest oranges or apples or pears.
What we’ve sown long ago
will certainly sprout and grow. 
 
 
  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 us
 
according to our deeds.
 
  When we plant seeds
 
we sow them.

 
"A man reaps what he sows"
 
(harvests what he plants, gets what he deserves).
 
We Reap What We Sow
 
Galatians 6:7-9
 
 
  
 We 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 sow
 
is a Universal Law
 
and it is important and worthy
 
  of 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 of
 
action or deed.
 
It is that which causes
 
the entire cycle of cause and effect.
 
 
The effects of all deeds
 
are viewed as actively shaping
 
past,
 
present,
 
and future
 
experiences.
 
 
 
  
The ancient law of karma insists
 that we do reap the results 
of our actions, 
as does the scientific law 
that states 
"For every action 
there is an equal 
and opposite reaction."

Taoism
 
Yin and Yang 
The 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 things 
that the opposing influence tends to inhibit.
 
 We are the sole doer and enjoyer 
of 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 become 
what we do.
 
 
If the past has taught us anything
 
it 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? 
or
Sow to the flesh, and reap corruption?
  
 
 
True, the sun shines on both
 
the saint and the sinner alike,
 
and too often it seems
 
that 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 ingrained
 
in the very heart of the tree,
 
character requires time and nurturing
 
for growth and development.
  
 We reap what we sow.
   
There is a time and season
for everything under Heaven. 
 Whatever your heart needs or desires 
give it away.

Give it away until your heart becomes

a 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...

reap it.

 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"

and inclinations.  

 

  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, 

 and hurries back to where it rises.

The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; 

around and round it goes, 

ever returning on its course. 
 
All streams flow into the sea,
 
 yet the sea is never full. 
 
The place the streams come from,
 
 there they return again.
 
Ecclesiastes 1:5-7 

 

     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

for a future harvest. 

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. 

God works in mysterious ways and 

God will not be mocked.  

 

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 care how we sow. 

May we leave future generations

thriving and prospering

in an abundance of reaping

a harvest of joy!

 

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If one plants seeds of weeds
 
one will reap weeds.
 
If one sows peach seeds,
 
one will reap peaches.
 

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