Reaping What You Sow


Galatians 6:7-8 (CEB)
7Make no mistake, God is not mocked. A person will harvest what they plant. 8Those who plant only for their own benefit will harvest devastation from their selfishness, but those who plant for the benefit of the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit.


What does it mean to reap what you sow? Well, if you plant an apple seed, you get an apple tree, and you reap apples. If you plant a tomato seed, you get a tomato plant, and you reap tomatoes. If you plant an acorn, you get an oak tree, and you reap a lovely pair of end tables!

In real life, if you bend the truth and deceive people, you get a reputation as a liar and reap no friends.

In your spiritual life, you can either pursue sinful living or righteous living. At stake is what you will eventually reap: eternal life in Heaven or not.


Jesus came to teach us how to be one who “sows to please the spirit,” so that we can be sure to reap our heavenly reward. Spend some time in prayer, asking God to make you aware of the ways in which you may not be sowing like you should. And make whatever changes that might be necessary.


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