Sow To The Spirit With Church, Bi­ble Study, Prayer, Seek­ing God

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - CHURCH - Randy Moll [DE­VO­TION BY RANDY MOLL. SCRIP­TURE QUO­TA­TIONS ARE FROM THE KING JAMES VER­SION OF THE BI­BLE.]

“Be not de­ceived; God is not mocked: for what­so­ever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap cor­rup­tion; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life ev­er­last­ing.” Gala­tians 6:7-8

Many de­ceive them­selves, think­ing that they can sow to the flesh — liv­ing to grat­ify their own sin­ful de­sires — and still reap life ev­er­last­ing. They feel that they can use their time, en­ergy and money to grat­ify their own self­ish am­bi­tions and yet still grow and ma­ture spir­i­tu­ally and be ready for the Day of Christ’s re­turn and Judg­ment. How fool­ish!

God’s Word warns us of the fal­lacy of such think­ing when it says: “Be not de­ceived; God is not mocked: for what­so­ever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap cor­rup­tion; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life ev­er­last­ing” (Gal. 6:7-8).

God would not have us be de­ceived. And, God will not be mocked. If one sows weeds, he can­not ex­pect to har­vest wheat! So it is with our spir­i­tual lives. If we sow to the flesh, we can­not ex­pect to reap life, but cor­rup­tion.

Again, the Bi­ble tells us that “the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eter­nal life through Je­sus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 6:23).

Thus, if we live to en­joy the plea­sures of sin, we shall die. But if we sow to the Spirit of God, who has re­gen­er­ated us and brought us to faith in our Savior, He will con­tinue His gra­cious work­ing in our lives through Word and Sacra­ment, and keep us in the true faith, and gra­ciously give to us the eter­nal life won for us by Christ’s holy life and in­no­cent suf­fer­ings and death upon the cross in our stead.

How do peo­ple sow to the flesh? when they live in such a way that they grat­ify the will and de­sires of their sin­ful na­ture; when they pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for the flesh to ful­fill its lusts. Thus peo­ple sow to the flesh when they flirt with sin and temp­ta­tion, and when they give in to their own evil de­sires. They sow to the flesh when they go places and do things which will arouse the de­sires of their hearts.

How do peo­ple sow to the Spirit? When they make reg­u­lar use of God’s Word and His Sacra­ments and sup­port the preach­ing of His Word (cf. v. 6) that the Spirit of God might use th­ese means to strengthen faith in Christ Je­sus and teach men to live godly lives; when they pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to do that which is God-pleas­ing and to fol­low the lead­ing of His Spirit. Thus, peo­ple sow to the Spirit when they reg­u­larly at­tend church ser­vices and Bi­ble Study, when they read the Scrip­tures daily and spend time in prayer, and when they seek to live ac­cord­ing to the coun­sel and guid­ance of the Holy Ghost given to us in the Scrip­tures.

God will not be mocked. If we spend our time court­ing the plea­sures of sin, if we live to carry out the sin­ful de­sires of our old evil na­ture, we will reap what we have sown: spir­i­tual cor­rup­tion and death! On the other hand, if we de­vote our­selves to Christ and His Word and read and study the Scrip­tures and par­take of the Sacra­ments that the Holy Ghost might strengthen and pre­serve us in the true faith, we will reap of the Spirit life eter­nal in Je­sus Christ our Lord!

O Spirit of God, grant that we sow, not to our flesh and its evil de­sires, but unto Thee, that Thou might gra­ciously grant unto us the ev­er­last­ing joys of heaven for Je­sus’ sake. Amen.

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