The Power Of Sowing And Reaping

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sow, that will he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7 ESV) What is the power of sowing and reaping? Sowing refers to the act of planting or doing something that will have an effect on the future while reaping refers to the act of harvesting or experiencing the results of those actions.

For example, if someone sows seeds in a garden, they are planting the seeds with the intention of harvesting the resulting plants in the future. In this case, the act of planting the seeds is the cause, and the harvest of the plants is the effect.

Defining Sowing and Reaping

In Greek, the word for “sow” is “σπείρω” (speirō), which means to plant or scatter seeds. The word for “reap” is “θερίζω” (therizō), which means to harvest or gather crops. In Hebrew, the word for “sow” is “זָרַע” (zará), which also means to plant or scatter seeds. The word for “reap” is “קָצַץ” (qatsats), which means to cut or harvest crops.

Illustrating Sowing and Reaping in Real-Life Situations

This is a very interesting topic. There is no other assurance God gives in sowing and reaping when he says whatever a MAN SOWS HE WILL REAP. Now this concept applies to many things out there. I have just given an example above, to begin with. So let me further explain sowing and reaping using these other examples. Take the example of the TONGUE. It is a small organ in the body yet it does a lot in terms of what we get in life or where our lives are heading to.

I want you to look at this scripture “Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.” With it, we bless our Lord and Father, and with it, we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. By now I believe you should have got something. The tongue can do many things but one thing James says it controls the whole body.

The understanding here is that the tongue determines what you get in life the kind of people you attract into your life etc. Have you heard of the scripture “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” This is what I am simply explaining.

So the reaping comes from what you say as he says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. And what you speak determines what you will get. That’s why James says it’s better to learn to be QUICK IN LISTENING AND SLOW IN SPEAKING.

Look at this verse very well illustrated by Christ and he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” More examples in sowing and reaping…

If someone sows kindness and generosity, they may reap the rewards of good relationships and a sense of well-being. On the other hand, if someone sows negativity and selfishness, they may reap the consequences of strained relationships and unhappiness.

Sowing And Reaping in God’s Kingdom

Now let’s look at the sowing and reaping in the kingdom in other words in the things of God. Therefore he says “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” Looking at such a verse you can see Paul is talking about giving and giving in the things of God.

So the prerequisite here is that for you to harvest beautifully you need to sow bountifully. This reminds me of sowing seeds well on a farm and of course watering and doing many other farming requirements so that at the end of it you may have a good harvest.

It’s simple Right? but many of us especially in the area of giving are somewhat reluctant probably due to reasons they may have. But Paul promises that in this kind of giving of a cheerful heart God blesses the giver with so much that he or she may continue giving the next time.

When I mention the reasons they may have if you’re following. There is this part he says NOT UNDER COMPULSION. I believe this is a part that I myself have observed in various churches whereby believers are compelled to give even when they had not decided in their HEARTS to give.

As we can see giving is a matter of the HEART. The Greek word for “compulsion” is “ἀναγκασμός” (anankasmós), which means a strong, irresistible force or desire that drives someone to do something. It can also refer to a feeling of being compelled or forced to do something against one’s will.

Something that is given but didn’t come from the person’s heart is never blessed by God. So this kind of sowing does NOT reap anything. Men of God I mean Pastors, Bishops, and the rest need to observe this.

There are so many other aspects of sowing and reaping. In other words, this is a huge topic and when you observe these two words you realize our lives operate in sowing and reaping. So we can say that whatever you have now whether is a spouse, a Job or any other thing is a result of what you have sown so far.

Do you want to change some things in your life? Check on your sowing. There is a book I love known as ‘THE POWER OF YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS MIND” the author speaks about the conscious and subconscious mind in which he describes whatever you sow into the subconscious mind comes out into outer space.

In other words, what you’re thinking all day long is what you become because these thoughts are like seeds that are deposited into your subconscious mind. After a period of time, they grow into their kind. I can end by saying this there is POWER IN THE TONGUE this is so so important actually this is where your life is determined.

Check on what you’re saying and be CAREFUL WITH YOUR WORDS. You can simply attract or take away people out of your life with your words only. Other examples of sowing and reaping in real life

Examples Of Sowing and Reaping in Real-Life

1. Planting a garden: If you sow seeds in a garden, you can expect to reap the rewards of the resulting plants in the future. This is a tangible example of sowing and reaping, as the seeds are the cause and the harvest is the effect.

2. Investing in education: If you invest time and effort in your education, you may reap the rewards of increased job opportunities and higher earnings in the future. This is an example of sowing and reaping in terms of personal development and career advancement.

3. Building relationships: If you sow kindness, generosity, and compassion in your relationships, you may reap the rewards of strong, positive connections with others. This is an example of sowing and reaping in terms of interpersonal relationships.

4. Practicing healthy habits: If you sow healthy habits, such as exercising regularly and eating well, you may reap the rewards of improved physical and mental health. This is an example of sowing and reaping in terms of personal well-being.

5. Making charitable contributions: If you sow financial resources or time into charitable causes, you may reap the rewards of knowing that you have made a positive difference in the world. This is an example of sowing and reaping in terms of making a positive impact on others.

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