It may seem common sense to say “you reap what you sow” but it is amazing how many of us still don’t get it! We understand that when you plant corn, you can’t expect watermelons to grow. But we don’t seem to understand that what our lives produce is usually a direct reflection on what we planted. Think about it in every area of your life as this, you get out what you put in.
Eat unhealthy foods, and you will reap that of sickness and disease, What you put in your body will either come out being good for you of long lasting health. But put in unhealthy foods, and you will suffer sickness, being unfilled and left unsatisfied. It says in 1 Corinthians 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. And then in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 it says, Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s spirit dwells in you? if anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
If you sow seeds of rage and anger, you will reap a harvest of war! if you have ever thought that your house felt like a war zone, then stop to see who is planting seeds of anger ( it may very well be you). I know this all to well, and it took me some time to actually see. However I came to realize that when I’m full of anger, it comes off onto everyone in my house. When I take my anger out on my Kids, I see them acting in the same behavior when things don’t go their way. It’s funny to me that we may not see things in ourselves until we see it coming out of our children. And then we wonder where they got that? Start looking at yourself and you will soon find all the answers. James 1:19-20 says “Know this, my beloved brothers: Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
On the other hand, if you sow seeds of tenderness and forgiveness, you’re likely to reap a harvest of peace! Think about it, when you are giving tenderness and forgiveness out to those around you, you will receive the same back in return. When I’m forgiving of my husband when he does wrong, he then forgives me when I same something unkind. When i act out in tenderness towards my kids, they are left with love instead of anger for messing up. Think, does our Heavenly Father yell at us when we make a mistake? or does he simply love us, and want to help us? Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to on another, tenderhearted forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Sow seeds of ignorance, and you will reap a harvest of sin. you cannot be lazy about learning without sinfulness being the result! Hosea 4:1-2, 6 “Hear the word of the Lord, O children of Israel, for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. my people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children”
But when you sow seeds of training and learning, you will reap a harvest of wisdom and righteousness. Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. If I sow seeds of God, and living a christian life into my kids they will reap it later in life. If I “train” them knowing God, and reading his word, they will not depart even when they are old. I love knowing in his word if I train them knowing they are safe,loved,cared for, forgiven, never alone, to have faith not fear. That they wont’t go looking for that, they will always have it with them through Christ.
But if you sow seeds of hard work and sacrifice, you are a lot more likely to reap a harvest of plenty! Obviously not everyone who works hard and sacrifices has plenty, but it is nearly guaranteed that you will NOT have plenty if you don’t work hard and sacrifice! proverbs 14:23 “in all toil there is profit but mere talk tends only to poverty”
Those are just a few examples to think about. When you don’t like what you life is producing start looking at what your planting!