“7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Gal 6:7-10
It is imperative for God’s elect in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness which constitutes Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection to know that Jesus Christ is a Radical Seed. As elects we are the offspring of the Radical Seed. Hence, being radical in our pursuit for Christ is not a bad thing as long it is done with the right motive and love for lost souls.
One of the most persistent laws of God is that of sowing and reaping. This principle works in the natural, spiritual, emotional and intellectual realm. Let me highlight two areas of bearing seeds that elects need to be concerned with namely, what we are sowing in our lives and what we are sowing on other people’s lives.
- Sowing And Reaping Gal 6:7-10
The Bible teaches us that we should sow the seeds of righteousness in our lives and to sow the word of righteousness in others. Elects are called to be seed bearers. It is impossible to change the laws of God, we get exactly what we sow in the harvest. It is impossible to delude God on this unchanging principle. Unfortunately, we tend to be smarter with carnal sowing than we are about spiritual ones. What we sow eventually comes back in an identical way as the harvest. Elects can’t sow to the fallen flesh and hope to reap spiritually healthy things. Our lives today at NCCkl are the harvest of seeds planted in our lives. What kind of fruits are we experiencing? What kind of seeds are we putting in the ground right now? Like farmers, we need to realize that we will receive in our lives only that we have sown all along its pathway.
The one nice thing of the law of sowing and reaping is that if we are realizing a bad harvest because of poor seeds sown, we can plow up that field and ‘replant’. This almost sounds the same as ‘repent’ in the spiritual sense. This is the true essence of salvation and faith in the righteousness of God that provides spiritual transformation. It is sometimes reflected in the Bible as ‘plowing up our hearts’ or ‘breaking up the hard ground’. However, the biggest difficulty about this principle is the ‘waiting’ period. It takes time for the harvest to come forth after planting. Part of the frustration of the ‘waiting’ time between seeding and harvest however is the sense of continuous work with little reward for some time. This is why some get discouraged and quit too soon. We can become weary in doing good things and waiting for the fruit can be at times quite draining.
- Sowing And Responsibilities Lk 8:5-15
Jesus assumes all elects as sowers. This parable is about spreading the Word of righteousness around. It is apparent that the farmer sowed seeds every where even though some would have inadvertently fallen on bad soil. It becomes obvious that the sowers task was simply to spread the seed. The seeds are given to him to sow. The farmer cannot make the seed, it is provided to him. No farmer can guarantee the perfect conditions for every seed. Farmers can sow seeds freely everywhere but yet would not know whether every single seed would find the right condition. The farmer’s job is to scatter as widely as possible the seed provided for him. This is an individual responsibility. God has given us the best seed – the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. The area to cover is the whole world and to hope for the best. The conditions would determine the quality of harvest. Good things will definitely multiply if good seeds are used. Likewise, if wicked seeds are used and the conditions are ripe, a larger harvest of wickedness will arise.
Jesus explains to the disciples that they have been given this good seed and when they are spread around, it will find a variety of soil conditions to fall upon. Some will produce brief life, some will produce weak life and some will produce huge harvest. There will be variety of responses to the good seed of the Gospel of God’s Righteousness but no matter what kind of response we receive, we should keep on sowing. There will be those who embrace the Gospel Truth for only personal gain and refuse to serve the Lord. There will be those too preoccupied with the affairs of this life to allow spiritual growth to reach maturity. There are those who produce a huge harvest from such small seeds entrusted to them. However, one thing is clear, if we don’t sow, there will be no growth no matter what the condition of the soil is.
Therefore, as elects we are called to be sowers of the seed of God’s Righteousness because only then the Gospel Word can sprout and bring life to the dead soul.