Dear church,
I hope you are doing well today.
 

Anyone who gardens knows that there is always a lag time between planting seeds and seeing them come up and bear fruit.  The seeds spend a long time seeming to just sit there in the ground before coming up and bearing fruit.  But in time, every seed bears fruit, either good or bad.  We know that this principle works in every area of life.  When it comes to our bodies, we know that if we sit on the couch and nothing for long periods, our health will be worse.  But when it comes to our souls, we often don’t make the connection.  God’s Word teaches us that this same principle exists in our souls as well as in our bodies. 
 

This past Sunday in Galatians 6, we saw Paul both warn and encourage the Galatians by reminding them that they will reap what they sow.  Paul warns us not to be deceived (Gal 6:7) because of this lag time between sowing and reaping.  Sin tries to deceive us into thinking that we can sow to our flesh (i.e., engage in the works of the flesh (Gal 5:18-19) and never have to reap.  Sin can be heard saying things like this, “it is not that big a deal.  No one will ever know.  I will repent later.” Just like a criminal engaging in a life of crime in the hope he will never have to pay for the crimes he has committed, so sin tries to deceive us into thinking we can get away with it.
 

Paul says, “God is not mocked (vs 7).” Continuing to sow to our flesh after all that Jesus Christ has done for us is mocking God. 
 

There will come a day of reckoning when we will have to reap what we sow once and for all.  All reaping will ultimately happen at the Judgment seat of Christ.  Paul says, “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil” (2 Cor 5:10). This should teach us not to mock God by living in sin but to live in the holy fear of God.  We should live as those who must give an account for how we have lived to our Lord and Savior who died for us.
 

Since this is indeed the case, Paul urges us to sow not to the flesh but to the Spirit so that we might receive from the Spirit eternal life (vs 8). Sowing to the Spirit means living a life pleasing to God and bearing fruit in every good work (Col 1:10).  While the flesh only seeks to please itself the heart that has been transformed by God’s Spirit wants to please God in every area of his life.  This may sound abstract, but it is very practical.  Paul gives us an example of what sowing to the Spirit tangibly looks like.  It means doing good and sharing what we have with others especially our brothers and sisters in Christ (vs. 10).  The author of Hebrews says we ought to, “do good and to share with those in need.  These are the sacrifices that please God” (Heb 13:16). 
 

God delights when we share what we have with those around us.  It could be our money or our time or our attention; it could be our faith! This is the fruit that God wants to see in your life.  You have been given everything in Christ, so He asks you to be the kind of person who gives to others.  We can become that kind of person through the Spirit’s power everyday as we take the opportunities which God gives to and give to those around us and not seek our own desires. 

May we be a people who don’t live to please ourselves but who live to please our God who gave his Son for us.  May we abound in every good work this week to His glory.       


God Bless You!

 

Taylor Ewert

Pastor, Friendship Baptist Church

taylorewert@friendship-bc.com

604.970.8506