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We reap what we sow

Chaplain Bertram Bobb

June 2012

The Bible has much to say about sowing and reaping.

First, we must sow to reap. All walks of life have sowing and reaping. Lawyers and doctors and teachers spend long years in study. You reap and do good if you sow effort, but you have to sow to reap.

We read in Jeremiah 4:3, “…Break up your fallow ground, and sow…”

In Psalm 126:6 we read: “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

Evangelism is like that. We are to go out and sow the seed of the Word of God. Then we will come in, bringing in sheaves.

Hosea says in Hosea 10:12: “Sow yourselves in righteousness. Reap in mercy: break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD: till he come and rain righteousness upon you.”

It is time to seek the Lord. Many of your lives are in pieces. You are mixed up; you are confused. You need Jesus Christ to put your life together again.

Second, if you sow, you will reap.

In Galatians 6:7 we read: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

In Numbers 32:23 we read: “…Be sure your sin will find you out.”

A story is told about a father who told his son, “Don’t go into that watermelon patch, the melons are not ripe yet.” Then the father drove into town. The boy went out to the watermelon patch and found one melon that he knew was ripe. He pulled it, broke it and ate it. He knew he had done wrong. He knew he had disobeyed his father, be he hadn’t been caught.

Several weeks passed. As the father was driving a cow up from the pasture, he saw a strange thing on the other side of the fence. He saw little watermelon sprouts. He dug by the new plant and saw the old rinds with the seeds sprouting. He knew what had happened. The boy was caught.

The Bible teaches that Satan is a great deceiver. God is Lord of the universe but there is also a force of evil in the universe called Satan. He is called the Devil by Jesus.

The Bible warns us: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption…” (Galatians 6:8).

God knows the thoughts and the intents of the heart. All of us have sinned. And we all need the mercy of God. That is why Jesus came and shed His blood for our sins. He died on the cross and rose again. God loves us in spite of our sin. And He will forgive us if we come by faith to His Son, Jesus Christ.

Samson fell by lust with Delilah, and the Philistines put out his eyes. (Judges 16:1-21) Hamen erected a gallows to hand Mordecai only to be hanged on those gallows himself. (Esther 6:4) Daniel was thrown in the lion’s den but God shut their mouths and they didn’t hurt Daniel. The next morning when the king ordered the accusers of Daniel thrown into the den, they were killed by the lions. (Daniel 3:23)

Whatever a man or woman sows he or she will reap. That is a law of nature, and it is the law of God.

Third, we will reap what we sow, Job says in Job 4:8: “They plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.”

We see people everyday who have been sowing wrong deeds, lust, jealousy, lying, taking drugs, shoplifting or cheating on their income tax. The scripture says in Proverbs 28:13: “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”

But we can’t think, as many people do, that going to church on Sunday is enough. Opening a Bible to read a couple of verses during the week and say a little prayer during the day is enough. We think we are all right but we are not.

The Bible says in Romans 6:23: “The wages of sin is death.” There is a high price to pay for the low living in sin. Sin is no respector of persons. The only way for sin to be taken away is at the cross.

Fourth, ignorance of what you are sowing will not keep you from reaping. We read in Leviticus 19:19: “Thou shalt not sow they fields with mingled seed.”

The Devil sowes tares. That is his business. The Word of God is proclaimed, then the Devil comes along and sows tares.

There is a Devil, there are demons, they are real. They are dangerous. We read in John 3:8: “He that committeth sin is of the Devil and for the Devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the Devil.

We can live a Christian life only with the help of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes into our hearts when we receive Jesus Christ. He lives the Christian life through us and produces the fruit of the Spirit, which is, “…love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…” (Galatians 5:22)

No one can live the Christian life on his or her own. If we try to do it by ourselves, we will fail. Satan is too powerful. The Devil is after us daily. That is the reason it is important to read the Bible every day. When Jesus met the Devil and the Devil tempted Jesus, it was real temptation. He tempted him to turn stones into bread. Jesus could have done this, but He was here to take people to heaven to give them eternal life. And He could do it only by going to the cross and taking their judgment and their hell. From the cross He was saying, “I love you. I love you. Whoever you are. Whatever nationality you are. Whatever tribe you belong to.”

He would have died on that cross if you had been the only person in the whole world. He loves you. You are important to Him.

Jesus Christ is Savior but someday He will be Judge. He came in order to defeat Satan in your life if you let Him. Yield your life to God or are you going to yield to the Devil? The Devil makes a lot of promises. He will promise you everything in the world if you will follow him and bow down to him.

But the Bible says in I John 4:4: “ Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

When you come to Christ, you have the power within you that is greater that the power of the Devil. That power is the Holy Spirit.

Fifth, you will reap more than what you sow: “For they have sown the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind…” (Hosea 8:7)

Have you ever seen a tornado? The wind starts with a gentle breeze. The clouds gather and the winds pick up.

The things that you are sowing now as a young person or middle-aged person, you will reap when you get older. Then you will ask: “Why didn’t I change the direction of my life?”

Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? Have you trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior? If there is a doubt in your mind or heart that you really know Christ, ask Him into your life now. Will you do that?

Continue to pray for America. Pray for the health, strength and wisdom of our leaders. Remember our men and women in our armed forces.