Reaping what we sow.

Scripture:
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. – Galatians 6:7

Observation:
Paul corrected the Galatians their notion of having to keep the Mosaic Law in order to be saved. There were Jews creeping into the congregation and misleading people away from the faith in Jesus. He went on addressed the issue that whatever people do in this life, they will reap the consequences of their actions. Some may account for them in this life or in the next.

Application:
We can try to fool others and think we are getting away with things that people may or may not know about. Even though others may not see everything that we do, the LORD does! In fact he knows the end from the beginning and knows what we’re going to do before we do it. Truth be told, everything we’re ever going to do or not do is already written in our individual life-books in heaven! (See Psalm 139:16 – Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.)

Sure Paul tells us not to use our liberty in Messiah and his grace as a license to sin. Why? Because he stated here that what we sow will be reaped in time. It is a universal law that the LORD created. It cannot be overwritten. We can, however, be pardoned for our spiritual crimes through the blood of Messiah and thereby not receive the judgment of an eternity in hell; however, we will reap the consequences of the crimes we commit. For those who choose not to stop committing crimes against the LORD, they will reap eternal damnation.

Let us remember to do as Paul says elsewhere in this letter, Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers (Galatians 6:10). Why? Because in keeping this law, Love your neighbor as yourself (Leviticus 19:18), we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9). If we are sowing good to expand the kingdom of Messiah, we will see the fruit of the Spirit come alive in us.

Do we not want to about the Father’s business? Do we not want to please him and not grieve the Spirit? We should be redeeming the time and making the best of the days that we have been given. Let us put our hands to the plow and not look back. We need to let our light shine before others that they may see our good deeds and give glory to the Father. Our conduct should reflect the fact that we are allowing the peace of Messiah to rule our hearts. It is as Jesus said, from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Our outward conduct reflects what is truly going on inside us. In the end we will give an accounting to Messiah for how we lived our lives here on earth in this age. 

Prayer:
Father, what a smack between the eyes today! Usually when you speak to me in a time of correction, it is typically a hand slap or a nudge and reminder to do things differently. However, there are those times that I need a trip to the old woodshed! Today is such a day. I repent of the attitudes and actions that I let get away from me today. I regret that I displayed conduct unbecoming a disciple of Messiah! Help me to get a grip on my thoughts and words today and always. Although I may not be able to ask forgiveness of those I wronged, I am grateful that you forgave me of my sins by the blood of Messiah. Help me to emulate him everyday, all day. May your will be done and your love be reflected in me. I know that I will have to deal with the guilt and resentment for today’s mishap. I do love you! Amen.

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