December 8, 2018

THE LAW OF SOWING AND REAPING

One Sunday morning , the Pastor got up to preach and the scripture  he read to us was taken from the book of Psalms. The Psalm reads thus “Blessed is everyone that feareth the LORD, that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands, happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.” (Psalm 128:1-2. Then he asked us to repeat after him, “I shall eat the labor of my hand”. We repeated this several times and then he asked us to sit down and think deeply what we have just said. Then he later said, some of us might not be able to say it because they knew the works of their hands were evil and they would not want any of such to befall them.When I got home I started to think deeply that what the pastor preached was confirming the law of sowing and reaping. Galatians 6:7-8 says, “Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 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.”

If what we see confirms what we do not see, I believe the words of God in Psalm 128 should be memorized and repeated over and over so that every fiber in our being will be cautious to pursue good at all times. The different plants or trees are known by their fruits. Banana plants cannot produce grapes, neither can grape plants produce apple fruits. So trees are known by their fruits. So what operates in different plants naturally are all following the natural law of God, and as it is with the plants, so it is with us both physically and spiritually. So if we spend our time on things that will make us look good in the physical, we will surely get the reward in the physical. Many people will commend us for our beauty and many will also love us because of our attractive appearance. Unfortunately the outward appearance does not appeal to God as much as the inward appearance. (spiritual life).  Sowing to the flesh will not last because it will eventually die and decay. But when I spend time or train myself in doing good to people, changing or affecting lives by advising or teaching them , leading them with good examples, these practices go a long way to change destiny and they in turn have everlasting benefit. Recently I was listening to a profile of Nelson Mandela, and all that he did among his people, it was really breathtaking and he will forever be remembered and his reward is everlasting.

Brothers and sisters, as we are approaching the end of 2018 and transitioning into 2019, let us prioritize what we do and  be determined to affect lives positively by leading by good examples so that other people can imitate us. Let us continue to seek ways of changing lives one at a time. If we are determined, God will open those doors to us and we will be placed on the path of those that are needed to be helped. Galatians 6:9 says “And let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season, we shall reap, if we faint not.”  We should not be tired or discouraged in doing good because there is always a reward for whatever we do whether good or bad. The way and how of the reward by God is not known to anyone but surely there is reward as Ecclesiastes also says in chapter 12:14, “For God shall bring every work into judgment with every secret thing , whether it be good or whether it be evil” . Remember the law of sowing and reaping, whatsoever you sow you will reap, and unfortunately the reward of bad behavior affects children and children’s children even up to the 3rd and 4th generation. Let year 2019 be a turn around year for good in our homes, in our marriages, and in our jobs /careers) ,and in our lives. So it shall be for us in Jesus name, Amen.  May the grace of God be with you all. Amen.

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