“Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 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.”
Seeds! Planting and harvesting! I am a horrible gardener, my children say I need to stick with plastic flowers and Astroturf. I have a black thumb. A have a yard full of stickers, dandelions, and onions. But I do understand that what I sow, is what I reap. Paul explains that sowing in “legalism,” and sowing “to the flesh” (doing what feels good) both result in a harvest of corruption. Then he says those who “soweth to the Spirit reap life everlasting.” If I plant seeds of religious stuff, I’m gonna get the stickers, dandelions, and onions of life. If I plant seeds of faith in Christ, I get the good stuff – even better than plastic flowers and Astroturf.
While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions:
- Have you sowed bad seed and it came back to get you?
- Have you sowed good seed and experienced the blessing of God?
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you?
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
A big thanks to Jim Sellers for our devotional thought today!