I would have never made a good farmer. I remember as a kid trying to plant a seed. I can’t remember if it was from an orange or an apple, but either way, I wanted it to grow right then and there. And when it didn’t, I swiftly dug it up. Farmers need patience, and I was in short supply of it.
In this life, we all sow seeds. Unlike my childhood sowing experience, however, there’s no way to dig up those seeds. And ultimately, we will reap what we sow. Paul writes in verses
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
There were probably some in the Galatian church and in other churches for that matter that tried to twist the teaching of Paul. Because Paul taught salvation by grace alone through faith, they said, “Well, Paul must mean then that we can live however we like. We can just sin and trust that Jesus will forgive us anyway.”
But Paul says, “God is not some naive fool to be underestimated or trifled with. He knows your heart and he knows all you do. And if you claim to believe in Christ and yet all your life you are merely living to please yourself, he will see right through your claims of faith and see you for who you really are. So even if you somehow avoid the results of your sinful actions here on earth (and I wouldn’t count on that), you will reap destruction when you face God on judgment day.”
If on the other hand, you truly love God and live to please the Spirit, you will ultimately reap eternal life.
He then exhorts us,
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (9)
It can be disheartening to serve God at times because we don’t always see the results right away. We are a fast food society, expecting things on our plate instantaneously. But seeds take time to grow. They don’t grow in a day. And the same is true of the seeds we plant in living to please the Spirit. Sometimes we don’t see the results right away. There are some seeds whose fruit we will never see in our lifetimes. But Paul assures us, “They will grow. So don’t give up. Don’t faint from exhaustion and despair. You will reap the rewards of what you sow, and most importantly, you will reap eternal life.”
What does this mean for us practically? Paul says,
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (10)
One important way to please the Spirit and show our love for him is to bless those he has put around us. God has called us to be a blessing, to our family, our friends, our coworkers, and especially to our fellow Christians.
And if we focus on that, in the end, God will make sure we reap the benefits of it.
What seeds are you sowing?