If you were to stand on my front porch and look across the street you would see a huge corn field. The tops of the corn are tasseled and the color of staw. And in just a couple weeks every stock of corn will be the same gorgeous color. I love corn at harvest time. When the wind blows through the dry stalks it sounds like the rustling of a taffeta ball gown.
Sitting on my front porch becomes a way of life for me in the fall. Just to listen to the sounds of the corn. It’s almost spiritual for me!
It’s really amazing to think that 5 months ago the farmer sowed one kernel of corn into fertile ground and in that short time the kernel went from a seed to a large stalk of corn with two ears on it with hundreds of kernels of corn! I bet my neighboring cornfield has hundreds of thousands of kernels of corn! A big payoff for the farmer!
The corn in the field across the street has much to teach me… and you too!
God’s word has a lot to say about sowing and harvesting. Because it was written to a people who lived off the land in an agrarian society. God related spiritual truths through everyday things in their lives.
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows that will he also reap. Gal 6:7
There are so many biblical truths in this one verse.
First, the promise is in the seed.
Our neighbor did not worry that planting a corn seed would produce something other than corn. He knew that when he planted corn that the seed would produce corn. Not potatoes, or strawberries or grapes or donkeys. Only corn!
What should be taken from this knowledge? We too are sowers. Sowers of thoughts and actions in our lives. We need to be careful what we sow! Just like the ancients and the farmer across the street we need to look at the promise in every seed!
Listen to the more from Galatians…
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will reap from the flesh corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians: 6:7-8
If we sow evil and selfish things we will in due time reap corruption. Corruption in the Greek means destruction and death. So if we do what is right in our own eyes and care more about things that satisfy our senses we can be sure that it will lead us down a path of death!
The ancients had this example all around them. And we who live in agricultural areas do too! A farmer would never sow bad seed or weeds for he knows he will reap that in huge numbers. And they need a good harvest to survive.
God says if we sow to the Spirit, things of God, we will reap eternal life. I’d say that is a huge harvest!
Looking at the promise in the seed, what it promises the harvest to be is really about life and death. It’s about making the right choice.
Let’s see what else Galatians continues to say…
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will reap from the flesh corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season, we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6: 7-9
Farming is backbreaking work. Especially for the ancients! Farming took discipline. It is much easier to be lazy. And the closer to harvest the harder farming became. But the wise ancient farmer knew that he must plant good seed for a good harvest. It was a matter of life and death.
A great lesson for us. God tells us in Galatians not to grow weary of doing good. Our good works are good seed. For when the good works we sow have fully matured we will reap a harvest. But we cannot give up. We must fight a battle against our own flesh. Just like the farmer, sowing good spiritual seed is hard! And we need to not give into our desire to quit when things get hard!
As I stand on my front porch I can see corn almost as far as the eye can see. The farmer down the road has been diligent. He has planted good seed and very soon will reap a good harvest.
I pray, like him, I will continue to remember the spiritual truth about sowing and reaping. I am rededicated to look at the seed I am sowing in my life and to remember the promise is in the seed! Lord, help me to plant accordingly in my life!
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