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What Is The Law Of Sowing And Reaping?

What you do will come back to you.  If you do good, then the chances of good coming back to you are high.  If you do bad, the evil things you do will come back to haunt you.  This concept of ‘what you do comes back to you’ is originally from the Bible.  This is called sowing and reaping.  (You could also call it seedtime and harvest). Sowing and reaping comes from the farming or agrarian idea of planting and harvesting, which must be done regularly in order for mankind to have food to eat.

The good seeds you sow, grow good plants and fruit, the bad things you do are like planting weeds.  If you cheat on your spouse, you are going to destroy your marriage or maybe even get a sexually transmitted disease. That is sowing bad and reaping the bad fruit of your unfaithful action.  If you steal from stores such as shop-lifting or some other theft, eventually you will be ripped off as well.  Sooner rather than later.  You may also get caught and imprisoned for your theft.  Some people later call sowing reaping ‘karma’, but why not stick with the original and not fake copies as it’s the natural law that God Almighty has put in action. Check out the Four Types of Giving.

Sowing and reaping not only works with the things that you do in your day to day life, but it also works in other areas.  When you share your faith (Philemon 1:6), you are sowing a seed of the hope of salvation into the life of someone else.  Knowing God is our biggest treasure.  In fact, when we heard the parable of the sower it talks about those who hear the Word of God (the Bible). You can also apply that to giving. Sowing is giving and reaping is receiving.

There are many examples of sowing and reaping in the Bible. 

6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work  -2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NKJV)

38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”  -Luke 6:38 (NKJV)

6 Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 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. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. -Galatians 6:6-10 (NKJV)

There are number examples of sowing and reaping in the Bible.  Why?  God and all of His Kingdom is all about giving.  It’s not about getting to the front of the line, it’s about yielding to others to get them to the front of the line.  In the end, you both get there.  One famous believer (Zig Ziglar) sums it up in his sales training,  “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”  If everyone started thinking about others before themselves, can you imagine what kind of world we would be living in? It would be beautiful with people yielding to each other and love abounding. That’s what Heaven is like. But we are not quite in heaven right now, we live with people that are self-centered instead of self-less. They do not usually comprehend that what comes around goes around. But as a student of the Word of God, we have advantages in life over those who reject God.

If you want to make a difference in life, you have to understood what you do will come back to you.  Good or bad.  What you sow is what you will reap.  Rather than sow seeds of anger, sharp words, impatience, show spiritual seeds of love, understanding, and encouragement.  Things to remember about the spiritual law of sowing and reaping that manifests in our physical lives-

  1. Sowing and reaping affects everyone
  2. God uses the law of sowing and reaping to bless His people
  3. Sowing and reaping starts with in the spiritual and goes into your natural daily life
  4. When you plant a seed, you expect it to grow.  Some reaping comes quicker, but the reaping always comes
  5. You will reap according to the seed you have sown (finances, time, fitness, skill, joy…)
  6. You will always receive more than you sow when you give to the Lord.

How is your love life? Are you loving people more than things? Are you sowing into God’s Kingdom, His people, His Church? Our you sowing your time into family members or distracted by the world? Consider all that you do as a chance to sow, and get ready for the harvest. God is so good! Start connecting with Him daily. Check out the P-S-A-L-M model for prayer here.

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