Reap What You Sow
Topic: Galatians - Keep in Step With the Spirit Passage: Galatians 6:1–6:10
A Recap from Sunday’s Sermon
Preaching Text: Galatians 6:1-10
Having already explained the freedom believers have in Christ, the Apostle Paul now draws out the implications for how Christians will live. As one scholar said, “Although no one is saved BY works, no one is saved without them either.” Today’s section of Galatians shares the spiritual principle of reaping and sowing. If you want a bountiful harvest of a specific crop, you must sow the right seed in good soil and do so bountifully. It is the sower, not the harvester, who determines what the harvest will be like. Paul is asking his hearers, “What will you do with the grace of God?” Verse 7 clearly explains, “…whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”
God saves us to sow into his kingdom.
The Lord has established an order to the universe that he personally respects. There are real consequences resulting from our lives. The ONLY “seeds” we each have to sow are our thoughts, words and actions. Considering these, what are you presently sowing? Does this align with your desired later harvest? To help us sow into God’s kingdom, I suggest the following advice.
- Set your minds on things above, as Colossians 3 tells us. Those who think the most about heaven do the most for God’s kingdom here on earth.
- Take the long view. The final harvest may be some time in coming still. Although God graciously lets us get an occasional foretaste of his kingdom fruit, the big haul is yet to come. Do your sowing with patience.
- Don’t give up. Verse 9 exhorts us not to grow weary in doing good. If you feel like stopping, don’t. You’ll be thankful later.
Taking It Home: Discuss some examples of thoughts or words and their potential harvest.