Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Thoughts for Today:From the beginning of humanity's creation, the principle of sowing and reaping has been in full force and effect. What was true for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is true today. Adam reaped what was sown -- as has every single person since. So it doesn't matter if you're a saint, sinner, believer, or non-believer; and it's true for every race, sex, nation and society. No one escapes from the law of the harvest. Not even the most powerful empires -- not the Romans, Persians, Mongols, Russians, Byzantines, British, or even the Hans (Chinese). And it its equally true for the United States of America and each of us personally.
The Old Testament taught repeatedly on this subject. For example:
Job 4:8: "As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it."
Proverbs 11:18: "A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward."
Hosea 10:13a: "But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception."
Isaiah 17:10-11 (RSV): "For you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not remembered the Rock of your refuge; therefore, though you plant pleasant plants and set out slips of an alien god, though you make them grow on the day that you plant them, and make them blossom in the morning that you sow; yet the harvest will flee away in a day of grief and incurable pain."
In the New Testament, Jesus taught the principle of the harvest in different applications, as did Paul and James (James 3:18: "Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness"). Although our actions are extremely important, we must also realize they are simply the result of our thoughts. (James 1:14-15: "But each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived [thoughts], it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.") Therefore, if we want to control our actions we must first gain control over our thoughts. How? Paul explains in Romans 8:6 (RSV): "To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace." Which is the same general concept Paul is teaching in our passage today.
Questions to Ponder:On what is your mind set? Is it on the desires of the flesh or is it on the mind of the Spirit? Has the constant pressure and routines of life taken you away from the Lord's will? What does the Bible say is the consequence of separation from God? How will you change your thoughts today?