You Reap What You Sow--by Kimberly B. Southall

The Bible teaches us that we reap what we sow.

7Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. –Galatians 6:7-9 (NIV)

But what does that mean? To sow means to plant, just like you'd do in a vegetable or flower garden. And to reap means to gather in or receive. For example, if you plant strawberries, then you'll pick strawberries once they grow. Cucumbers won't grow from strawberry plants. Likewise, what you sow in life has a direct relationship to what you'll receive in your life. In other words, your actions all have consequences. Good actions result in good consequences, and bad actions result in bad consequences.

Even the apostle Paul reaped what he sowed. He was a Pharisee and he thought he was doing God a favor by hunting down Christians, mistreating them, and even approving of killing them–just because they were Christians. And, later, when Paul became a Christian himself, he was hunted down, mistreated, and eventually killed–just because he was a Christian.

Indeed, we do reap what we sow. Sometimes we see the immediate results of our actions, such as a good grade on the test we studied for or falling down and skinning our knees after our parents told us not to run on the pavement. And other times, we may not see the results of what we sow–our actions–for a long time, such as not getting a good-paying job when we grow up because we didn't try very hard in school all those years or living to be 98 years old because we ate wisely, and took care of our health. But don't ever be fooled into thinking that your actions don't have consequences. Don't think you can get away with bad choices even if you don't seem to get caught. Remember verse seven tells us that God cannot be mocked. He sees it all. You reap what you sow.

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