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Sowing and Reaping

Series: Pursue

 Jeremiah 29.11 says that God intends to give us a future and a hope. That is all contingent on our commitment to persevere in living by God’s way. One of our greatest dangers is complacency. This is why Paul wrote in Galatians: let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.Today we want to discover both a warning and positive and encouraging words. You’ll see it in Galatians 6.7-10.

Galatians 6.7b - The Divine Law

  1. 6.7b - Whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
  2. Paul takes this principle and applies it to the moral/spiritual realm.
    1. Job 4.8: I have seen those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.
    2. Proverbs 1.31-33; 11.18
  3. We must not ignore these unalterable truths communicated in Scripture:
    1. Numbers 32.23; Psalm 90.8; Romans 2.9-10

Galatians 6.8 - The Divine Law Explained

  1. 6.8 - sowing to the flesh is allowing the flesh to control us instead of letting the Spirit subdue it.
    1. Paul says this leads to corruption. “being brought into a worse state.”
  2. 6.8 - sowing to the Spirit means to:
    1. 5.16 - walk by the Spirit; 5.18 - be led by the Spirit
    2. John 8.31 - abide in Christ and letting his words abide in us.
    3. Romans 12.1-2 - be transformed not conformed.
  3. 6.9 - Product of this is eternal life.

Galatians 6.9 - The Divine Law Fulfilled

  1. 6.9 - we must not grow weary. Become exhausted and give up.
    1. It’s the opposite of 1 Corinthians 15.58.
  2. 6.9b - for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
    1. Paul inspires us in 2 Corinthians 4.1-2; 8-10; 14 and 2 Timothy 4.7-8.

Galatians 6.10 - The Divine Law Applied

  1. 6.10 - opportunity - The total opportunity of our present earthly existence.
  2. 6.10 - let us do. Active tense that implies working effectively and diligently.
  3. 6.10 - good. Moral/spiritual excellence. See 5.22 - a fruit of the Spirit - the natural result of our relationship with Jesus.
  4. 6.10 - to everyone. Believers and non-believers. See Titus 2.7-8; 3.8
  5. 6.10 - we are to do good, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
    1. 1 John 3.14; 4.20-21 - the first test of your love for God is your love for your brothers/sisters.

Conclusion:

  1. The greatest thing is that such sowing makes for joyful reaping and provides dynamic testimony to those outside of Christ.
  2. Those who are in Christ and do good will reap eternal life. Are you headed for eternal life?
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