7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
— Galatians 6:7-8
I recently preached a sermon where I emphasized the principle of sowing and reaping. Galatians 6:7-8 is one text that provides this very foundational principle in the Bible. The principle is that whatever seeds you plant in life, they will grow. In other words if you sow good seeds, good seeds will grow, if you plant bad seeds bad seeds will grow.
While the bible emphasizes looking to the interest of others, it is also important to take care of your own interest. Therefore, we should all take time to sow into ourselves. There are some essential good seeds we need to be sowing into ourselves daily if we are to grow to release the glory God has intended for us.
One seed we should sow into ourselves is the seed of a good night’s rest…yes sleep. Psalm 127:2 says it is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest. Eating the bread of anxious toil: For he gives us His beloved sleep. Getting enough sleep has many benefits including being spiritually alert to God’s plan and purpose for your life.
Another seed you should sow is the seed of a daily devotional. Daily devotionals sprinkled with God’s word help to keep us connected, inspired, and renewed in the Spirit. Make a habit of sowing this seed of the word each day. This is one of the ways God speaks to us.
A third seed you should sow into yourself is the seed of friendship. Surround yourself with faithful friends who will love, encourage, and lift you up regularly. The fellowship of good friends can help you manage stress, strengthen your confidence and contribute to your happiness. Start by being a friend to someone else then watch the harvest.
One of the greatest friendships we should have is the friendship and relationship with God which leads me to this next seed. It is the seed of an abundant prayer life. Talking to God is essential to experiencing the harvest of the other seeds you are sowing. Talking to God lets Him know you are depending on Him and not yourself to create the harvest you want and deserve. Prayer is a powerful weapon that will help you bear fruit.
Another seed you should sow into yourself is the seed of giving out of the goodness of your heart. It is somewhat unusual to think of giving as a seed that you sow for you when you are giving to someone else but this is a principle that delights God for the Bible says God loves a cheerful giver. It is a blessing to be loved by God and when you make giving a priority seed, you position yourself for a bountiful harvest.
The sixth seed you should sow into you is the seed of love. Love what you do and love the people around you for the Bible says Love covers a multitude of sin. Make a big point of humbly loving you for this fuels God’s divine authority over your life. This type of love expresses itself in ways that allow others to see God’s light shining through you.
Finally, sow the seed of regular exercise into your routine. Exercise keeps the heart that is full of God’s love healthy. It also helps to preserve, maintain, and present God’s temple as an image of Him who is in you that is greater than He that is in the world.
There are many more seeds you can sow into you. I have chosen seven to focus on. Please embrace this principle of sowing and reaping. You will experience the blessings and bountiful favor God has for you in your walk for him.
Keep doing well for in due season the reward is coming as Paul has told us in Galatians 6:9:
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Blessings and Favor as you sow into you!!
The Rev. Elijah Ray is pastor of Wyatt’s Chapel Baptist Church. This column is the sermon he delivered this past Sunday.