For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the spirit will from the spirit reap eternal life.
Brothers and sisters, here are a few fun facts about the existence of life. First, this human experience is without a shadow of a doubt exclusively short. Limited by the fact that we have anywhere from one minute, to approximately one hundred years to live. In saying that, I am being excessively generous with that guesstimation.
Truth be told, most people don’t live that long. We are here today gone tomorrow. We are temporary travelers on planet earth. Having no real say on the amount of years we are given.
So, what does that mean to each of us? It sounds like it leaves us to face this life with a few uncertainties—doesn’t it? Or does it? In all honesty, it really doesn’t have to. Because if we look life straight in the eye from this day forward, with truth and honesty. We can most certainly accomplish unthinkable feats for the Lord—and for one another.
Doing so by making a conscious choice to face the fact that we reap what we sow.
So, what does that mean mean?
It means that we are in full control of where our lives goes from this day forward. Now, it doesn’t mean that you are not going to have to eat “so to speak,” the rotten fruits of what you may or may not have planted in previous years. Because that would make this entire lesson a refutable statement.
However, due to the goodness, grace, and truth of our almighty God. He gives us every reasonable opportunity to start over. To plant new seeds in fertile soil. So that we grow and mature into all we were created to be.
Which produces healthy fruit in Christ. Life sustaining vegetation that can be shared with future generations to come. Depending on how far you are willing to “grow.”
Let’s take a look at what the Bible tells us.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
What a beautiful promise from the Lord our God. He who forgives our sins and brings forth new life. Because as the Bible promises, if we live a life for Jesus Christ—He brings with it reward.
New and healthy characters and demeanors. And as we grow, so too does the healthy harvest of an abundant life.
So although your current harvest might be scarce from last year, next year will be exorbitantly abundant.
Now, here are a few pointers about sowing and reaping. Because seeds are exceedingly important, yes. But so too is the soil you plant in.
No one has ever planted seeds in dry and unhealthy soil, then saw anything that would sustain life. Whether in the plant, or in the field. It takes robust soil to grow a healthy harvest.
Meaning of robust-Strong, healthy, and vigorous.
Are you with me? Do you understand where this is going? If not, let me explain.
When the Lord speaks he often speaks in parables. The the act of sowing and reaping comes from the Word of God.
2 Corinthians 9:6 (ESV)
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Proverbs 11:18 (NIV)
"A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward,"
Well there you have it. Are you starting to see more clearly? I sure hope so. Because the Lord desires it to be obvious and clear. More than transparent. So that through his “light” it can be seen.
So, what is it that Jesus trying to tell you? Well, here it is.
It is time to walk away from all that is unhealthy in your life. Whether that means drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, hate, anger, lies, resentment, and sexual immorality,
As well as a negative and poor outlook of yourself. Because when you see your self in the wrong light. You see others in the wrong light.
So every negative and disingenuous friend or acquaintance has to go. You need to prune your dead edges. In order to grow and attract the people and things that are for you.
In some circumstances this may include abusive family as well. Now, it doesn’t mean that in the future they too won’t be saved and healed. But but for now your growth is more important than theirs.
God is calling you to pray for your enemies while placing self care first. So while you are allowing God to mend of your wounds —others are being cared for by the love of your prayers.
Placing those you care for on the back burner for now. You need this healthy space from the heat that they often bring with them.
Jesus Christ tells us to love all people yet walk from evil. But it isn’t a free pass to desert your family. Time away is healthy. It will do more good than bad. Just give it time and trust in Jesus.
Use your time wisely!
God will see to it that the oil is poured over your family as well. Straight into the cracks of the foundations of hurts and pains. Those caused by the generational curses from a previous day.
God will not leave them nor forsake them. Why? Because they are part of you! This is another shiny reward for your service to God.
Only due to His goodness, grace, and mercy on your life.
Let us wrap it up with an important verse about pruning back in order to grow. About being grafted into the family of God—the body of Christ’s church.
If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
Now you are to be a humble example of what it means to be a Son of the Most High. A pillar of the community and church . The very reason that the heart of another may be attracted to yours.
You are an example of the freedom in Jesus Christ. Make the Lord proud. Just as proud as He is of you when you plant yourself right.
Now is the time to reap healthy relationships, families, ministries, businesses, jobs, and all things spiritually good.
Do not look at your age, size, bank account, marital status, or anything of this world. To not make preconceived notions of things that can hold you back. Make the commitment to trust in Jesus Christ. To repent of your old ways and be forgiven. So that you too see new life.
To enter into the light of eternal salvation. Because although we speak of our human life. One with an hourglass and timestamp. The truth comes down to this. Our eternal promise of heaven is for those who are born-again.
It outweighs anything that this life can ever offer, and it only comes through the baptism of Fire and water. Through the Holy Spirit of God we are born-again.
Today is your day!
The day to give your life to Jesus Christ and start planting.
For those who have already done so, you are in line to be next! Be sure to give God all the Glory when they call your name.
“A Seed That Sprouts New Life.”
God Bless You
Christine’s Cornerstone Ministries