Galatians 6, Ephesians 1,2

"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The man who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the spirit will reap eternal life."  Galatians 6:7-8, NIV 

If a man were to plant weeds in his field and then be surprised when wheat did not come up, we would say he lacked sense. If that same man were to plant weeds in his field and then go out and get a loan, promising to pay the lender back when his wheat came up, we would say that he had committed fraud.

Why is it, then, when we sow sin in our own lives that we are surprised when we reap the consequences? And why is it that so many people are sowing the seeds of sin, but are expected to be rewarded with an eternal home in heaven? 

Could it be that it's because we are deceiving ourselves?

Could it be that it's because we think that God can be mocked?

Perhaps this is one of the main reasons that we need to study the Word of God so carefully - so that we might not deceive ourselves into believing that a lifetime of selfish living and ignoring of God's commands could possibly lead to anything good.

Don't you want to reap eternal life someday? God tells us how we can do just that, and it involves sowing the right seeds. If you are finding through your study of God's Word that you have been sowing the wrong seeds, then why not "plow up" that old ground and start anew with the seed that God has chosen. He shows us exactly what to sow and how to sow it, so that we can enjoy a fruitful harvest someday.

But we need to get started, and we need to stop deceiving ourselves!

 

"Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground;  for it is time to seek the Lord..." Hosea 10:12, NIV