I’ve been doing a study recently about responsibility…taking responsibility for your life. (It’s by Andy Stanley. I’d totally recommend it) in this study, we cover the concept (truth really) that we reap what we sow. It’s easy to see where I’m going if we refer to it like a garden. There are flowers and weeds.
If we drink and use drugs and are distant from our children as they are growing up, it’s understandable that they might choose to be distant as adults because we’ve sewn weeds, even if we’ve changed our ways. All hope is not lost though, if we’ve changed our ways, we can begin to sew flowers but even flowers take time to bloom. If we spend every dollar we ever get and we don’t save ever at all, then we shouldn’t be surprised when we don’t have the money to pay for emergencies or retirement for that matter. If we eat without any regard to health, calories or exercise, we shouldn’t be surprised to be unhealthy and/or overweight. But again, all hope is not lost. You can choose to change and plant flowers of health but, like any garden, it takes time and effort.
It’s our own fault really. We make choices then we reap what we’ve sewn. It’s sort of a universal truth like gravity… it just is. You can’t really change it. It works like this with good things too.
If we are kind to people, live life with integrity and help people when we can, later, those nuances of our personality come back to us as blessings in different ways. We are trusted, consulted in a crisis, not often accused or held suspect. Rumors are quickly dispelled because people know your character.
Sometimes it’s harder for us to see the blessings of living a godly life because we sometimes look at blessings through our human-ness and feel we “deserve” to be treated with respect (which is earned by the way) or that we deserve to be consulted when a crisis arises. But we don’t take the time to look behind us and see what kind of tire treads we left in the road. What kind of tracks did we leave for others to look back and refer to when they choose (or choose not to) look to us?
If you want the blessings that living an upright life brings, you must first live an upright life. If you have not always lived according to how God would have you to live, but you decide that now is the time, good for you! You have blessings coming! Don’t forget though that there still may be some things that you’ve “sewn” in the past that will come up. It doesn’t mean that God isn’t seeing your new life; it simply means that there was a weed that was sewn earlier in your life. So deal with it, toss it aside and move on. Yes, things will come back to haunt us from our “not so desirable” decisions from time to time but that doesn’t mean that you cannot be victorious over them.
Galatians 6: 7-10 says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Basically you can’t pull one over on God. He sees how you are and who you are…and He loves you!
What you sow will grow…Hey, I just made that up!
What have you been sowing lately?