Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The law of sowing and reaping
Psa 126:5-6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
Paul tells us in Galatians that whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
This year's garden in our back yard will have some great produce items; strawberries, radishes, asparagus...mmm.
Basically, we are expecting to reap about what we sowed (except for the weeds, those are planted by the enemy). I don't expect many pineapples or cumquats from this year's harvest simply because we neglected to plant any.
Funny how we expect things in life that we have not done the ground work for, neither have we planted the seed. In our society of “gimmie, gimmie, take, take,” we have raised a generation of folks who think that, "What's mine is mine and what's yours in mine." They feel as if they are owed something they didn't labor for.
Today's verses say the same thing about souls. If we want to bring people into God's family, we are going to have to go forth (that means getting up off our ample ecclesiastical lazy bottoms). Then we must get out there with the seed, the Word of God, the Gospel, plant it in some hearts and then water that seed with some tears.
Then, and only then, can we expect additions to God's family and a church which is alive with growth.
Let me ask, when was the last time you planted the gospel seed? Would you look for one soul today whose heart is open to that precious seed?