Without knowing it, we have entered another series. This time, we have been looking at popular ‘Christiany’ axioms that the world loves to abuse. We started off this series looking at ‘Doing for others what you would have them do for you’. Then yesterday, we looked at ‘No pain, no gain’. Today will look at another one of those sayings that the world loves to twist out of context; ‘You reap what you sow’.

When was the last time you used that phrase on someone? I bet you were wagging your finger at them, weren’t you? And that’s the sad truth about ‘reaping what we sow’. It has taken on such a negative and stressful connotation that we have grown to fear the phrase, worried that our sins will be found out and retribution will come our way.

Indeed, the devil is a ‘great’ Bible student. ‘Great’ because He is very well-versed with it. After all, we do remember that he used scripture to tempt Jesus, don’t we? The gall of that thing. But anyhow, the devil has also managed to make the world believe that;

“…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

And since “the wages of sin is death,” Romans 6:23

When we reap, you can be sure that we are reaping the consequences of our sin. Or are we? Let us find out. Foundations first.

“But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:21-26

Notice where Romans 3:23 comes from? Yes, right in the middle of Romans 3:21-26. No, I’m not trying to be smart. But read it. See what it says?

The righteousness OF God comes FROM God THROUGH Jesus. Why? Because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. God is not clueless. He’s not unrealistic. He knows we have messed up and He knows we have no means to make ourselves right. So what does He do? He sends Jesus to right our wrongs, set right our sins, bear the consequences of our iniquities, for we do remember that on the cross,

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

So is there still sin? Yes. Do we still sin? Yes. But is our sin counted towards us? No. Because of what Jesus did, no. In fact,

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

Instead, we are “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” Romans 3:24

The key word here is ‘being’. Now that is put there for our benefit. For when Jesus said that it was finished on the cross, it was finished on the cross. But just to show how long lasting and effective His salvation is, the term ‘being justified’ is used. For this is how the Amplified translates it,

“[All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,” Romans 3:24 [AMPC]

What tense is the verb ‘justified’ in? Past tense. How many are justified? All. And how are we justified? Freely. At a cost to us? No, freely. Through our actions? No, in Christ.

And that’s the point. Our redemption comes from Christ, is found in Christ; and as long as we believe in Him, believe in the gift of salvation that He brings, justification is ours for the taking. It really is that simple.

Because God has “…put forward [before the eyes of all] as a mercy seat and propitiation by His blood [the cleansing and life-giving sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation, to be received] through faith”, Romans 3:25 [AMPC]

That is why God is righteous when He “…passed over and ignored former sins without punishment.” Romans 3:26 [AMPC]

God does not pretend that the sin is not there. He is allowed to pass over the sins because Jesus bore their consequences. It is as if you racked up a fine and Jesus paid for it. The authorities can’t come after you for that fine anymore, can they?

Now, with that in mind, and it should be in your mind all the time, for that is your reality, beloved child of God; consider again this verse.

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 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.” Galatians 6:7-8

Because you have put your trust in Jesus, you can’t possibly be sowing to the flesh, can you? The verb ‘to sow’ denotes a purposeful investment in an entity with the hope of reaping reward. So now that you have your faith in Jesus, are you knowingly and purposefully investing in means for ill-gotten gain? Now that you know that Jesus will supply, are you knowingly and purposefully investing in coveting your neighbor’s spouse and property? If you still are, you don’t really trust Jesus at all, do you?

No. Because we know that we are God’s beloved children, we know that we can ask and we shall receive. So when we turn our cares over to Jesus, when we rely on the Spirit for guidance and strength, we are investing, we are sowing seeds of faith in the Spirit. And what does the Bible say about people who do that? That’s right, we will reap everlasting life.

Beloved, as with anything, when in doubt, check the context. When Paul wrote these words, this was what he was talking about.

“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:1-2

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

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10

Why do we do good? Why do we give? We do and we give because we can. So why are we able to? That’s because we have been blessed. Think about it. For you to give $10 to a homeless man on the street, that money must have been put in your hands first, mustn’t it? And you have your needs too. So much more must have been given to you, such that you are able to do the good that you are doing.

And that’s really the point. When we do good, we remind ourselves of why we are able, and we realize just why it is that we are so blessed – because of what Jesus has done for us. So when that happens, we have the ability to invest more of our trust and sow more of our faith in Jesus.

Now, sometimes, the world and circumstance will hoodwink you into thinking that all your giving and good-doing is coming to naught. You give of your time, money and resources but your own situation is getting worse. That’s the time when you need to remember that

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked;…” Galatians 6:7

“…[He will not allow Himself to be ridiculed, nor treated with contempt nor allow His precepts to be scornfully set aside]…” Galatians 6:7 [AMP]

“No one makes a fool of God.” Galatians 6:7 [MSG]

“…for whatever a man sows, this and this only is what he will reap.” Galatians 6:7 [AMP]

Have you sown seeds of faith in Jesus? That only will you reap. Have you invested your trust in the Holy Spirit? That only will you reap. God will not allow Himself to be made a fool of. What He promised, He will carry out. So all the promises that He made you, He will carry out. And that is why Paul said,

“…let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9

“Let us not grow tired of doing good, for, unless we throw in our hand, the ultimate harvest is assured.” Galatians 6:9 [PHILLIPS]

Our harvest is indeed assured, beloved. Don’t thrown in your hand. We just need to wait for the crop to mature.

So if you are staring into disappointment right now, know that you are looking at an immature situation. The field is still green, the crop yet unripe. But in the proper time, you will reap the rich and bountiful rewards from God’s own storehouse simply because you have sown your seeds of faith and trust in Jesus.

“For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:11

You will reap what you have sown.

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