Sowing and Reaping

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” (2 Corinthians 9:6, NIV)

Today’s verse refers to the law of the harvest. It is spelled out several times in Scripture. I want to look at this today and tomorrow to help explain this well.

The first part of this refers to the seed. When we read about sowing and reaping, you have to know what you want to sow, because that is directly related to what you can harvest. To use the seed as an analogy, you can’t plant a tomato seed and hope to harvest an apple. They might both be fruit, and look somewhat similar, but they are markedly different.

Jesus taught, as recorded in Matthew 7:16, “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?” As the Lord said, His followers will be recognized and known by their fruit. I hope you want to produce spiritual fruit so your life reflects the love of God. These can be seen in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (NIV).

Sow what you want to reap. Be fruitful, my friends.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I want to be fruitful for you. Forgive me for the times I expect to reap spiritual fruit by only sowing sin. Help me to be fruitful for you so I will be productive for you. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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