(Galatians 6:7-8) says “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”
What does it mean that ‘God is not mocked?’ It simply means that we cannot spend the bulk of our time investing in fleshly wants and in the things of the world and then expect to turn to God and say ‘Lord, fill me, help me to grow and use me to bear fruit for your kingdom.’ The next part of verse 7 says ‘for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.’ And then it goes on to declare that if you sow to the flesh, you will reap worldliness and corruption; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap everlasting life.
How do we sow to the Spirit? By studying God’s word and applying its truths to our lives. When a farmer wants to plant his crops, he will first make sure the soil is prepared to receive seed. If it’s too hard, the seed will not penetrate the soil and no crops will be produced. The way we prepare the soil of our heart to receive the word of God is through prayer. You can’t just jump into the Word of God and mix it in with everything else that’s been swirling around in your mind – we need to be still and ask the Lord to speak to our hearts. We need to ask Him to help us understand what He wants to say to us through His word; and we need to slow down enough to listen.
Once the soil is prepared and the seed is planted and watered, the farmer will make sure to tend the crops by pulling weeds and getting rid of destructive pests. In the same way, once we have prayed, spent time in the Word of God, and sought to apply what God has spoken to our lives, then we need to recognize those things that keep us from following through with what God has spoken. Pests and weeds consist of those things that steal time, energy, and resources that should be committed to the Lord. For example, let’s say the Lord speaks to your heart about getting to church on time each week. If a regular Saturday Night activity makes it difficult for you to get up in time for church each week, that activity is like a weed that chokes out fruit that God wants to produce in your life.
If you want to grow, some things have to go. If you want to grow spiritually, then you must prioritize those things that promote spiritual growth. God is not mocked, whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. Let us continue to ask God to bless us and to produce fruit in our lives, BUT let’s also do our part. Commit to prayer, reading the Word of God, and attending church regularly. Recognize the things in your life that steal your time, energy, and resources – and pull them like the weeds that they are. In this way you will be able to genuinely ask God to fill you, help you grow, and to use you to bear fruit for His kingdom.
God bless, Troy