You Reap what You Sow


We are in the season of harvest. Around this time of year there are harvest festivals all over the place. Scripture uses the analogy of harvest and the law of the harvest all throughout scripture. It talks about reaping what you sow. Maybe you have heard that saying before. But, did you know this analogy has a very practical spiritual application to it?

The truth is, whatever I plant is whatever I will reap. If a farmer plants a field of beans, what crop should he expect to get? Watermelon? No. If I plant corn in the ground do you think I’m going to expect zucchini? No. We’re going to get in life whatever we plant. This is an inviolable rule of the universe. 

It’s so simple, but a lot of people seem to be surprised when they plant one thing in their life and for some reason expect something different to sprout up. Whatever you plant is what will sprout. It’s the law of the harvest.

Galatians 6:7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

We always reap the same thing that we sow. This works both ways. It can either work for us or it can work against us.  Whatever I dish out is what I’m going to get back in life (this isn’t Karma, this is a law of the universe designed by God). And the Bible talks about this a lot. Let me just show you some verses on the screen. Look up here. Here’s some negative examples.

Job 4:8 those who plant trouble and cultivate evil will harvest the same.

Proverb 22:8 “Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster.”

Hosea 10:13 you have cultivated wickedness and harvested a thriving crop of sins.

Matthew 7:2 The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

Oh-oh! What we sow we’re going to reap. Now let me show you some positive examples.  

Hosea 10:12 Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love.

James 3:18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

You will reap what you sow with your children, with your wife, with your business. It’ll either work for you or it’ll work against you. You sow anger, that’s what you’re going to get – angry kids. You sow patience that’s what you’re going to get – patient kids.

You will reap what you sow. And you get exactly what you put out. I cannot sow irresponsibility and reap success. I cannot sow laziness and reap reward. I cannot sow stinginess and reap a blessing.

Galatians 6:7-8 (MSG) The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.

We’re going to harvest whatever we plant. You reap what you sow can be positive... it all depends on what you plant. 

Application Questions:

  1. What would you like to see more of in your life, career or family?

  2. How can you take responsibility for sowing what you later want to reap?


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