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In the realm of the agricultural if a farmer sows wheat in his field then he will harvest wheat; in the realm of the moral if a person “sows wild oats” (Hosea 8 v 7) or for that matter good deeds then that is what will be reaped. It is one of the great Biblical principles of life – “a man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6 v 7.) We should not deceive ourselves into thinking that such a principle can be violated without consequences, because the divine author cannot be mocked. The principle is then applied to three spheres of Christian experience:-
1 – Payment (v 6.)
Those who are being taught the word of God, be that as individuals, in a small group, or even as a whole church, are to financially support the teacher; for the one who sows the seed of God’s word in the hearts and lives of his people ought to be able to reap a livelihood from such a ministry (Luke 10 v 17 & 1 Corinthians 9 v 11.)
2 – Purity (v 8.)
Here two fields are presented offering a couple of very different types of sowing:-
A – Sowing in the flesh.
If we sow in the field of our fallen nature with all its passions and desires we will reap – “the acts of the sinful nature” (Galatians 5 v 19 – 21) with the result s being moral decay and corruption.
B – Sowing in the Spirit.
If we sow in the field of the Spiritual nature (Romans 8 v 6 & Galatians 5 v 16 & 25) then we will reap – “the fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5 v 22 – 23) with the results being spiritual growth and a harvest of holiness.
3 – Philanthropy (v 9 – 10.)
Just like a farmer should not tire and give up having only sown half a field; so the Christian must not become weary and give up on good works. Opportunities for such good works are promised in two locations:-
A – The Community.
To – “all people” as we bring comfort and relief; hold back decay (Matthew 5 v 13 – 16); as well as share the Gospel through works as well as words.
B – The Church.
There will also be opportunity to serve – “the family of believers” who have first claim on our loyalty, precisely because they are family.
Challenge – “A man reaps what he sows.” What are you sowing and reaping in these three spheres?
Theme: “You reap what you sow!”
Reading: Galatians 6 v 6 – 10
Preacher: Chris Hughes
Led by: Richard Sills