03/04/2017 – “A Man Reaps What He Sows”
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows” Gal 6:7.
Everybody knows this; there is nothing special when we say that we reap what we sow in our gardens, farms or greenhouses. Everybody knows that if you sow corn, you will not reap wheat, and if you sow potatoes, you will not reap oranges. What is the problem? The problem is that this passage is not an agricultural finding but a spiritual one. The Apostle Paul puts this statement after another powerful statement, “God cannot be mocked.” Our minds, our hearts are compared in the Bible to a field where we can sow different kinds of seeds. In Matthew 13 Jesus says that we should accept His seed in our heart; in the same chapter He says that our heart could be sown with weeds. For a while, nobody will see the difference. Only the day of harvest will show us the difference between a good and a bad seed.
Sometimes we are tempted to think that “the day of harvest” is the day of Jesus’ second coming. In a way this is true, but even in our life there is a “day of harvest,” when everybody will see what kind of seed we have sown in our hearts. In the days of our older years, when the brain is not completely in control of our thoughts, words, and actions, the "seed" that we have sown in our minds/hearts will be revealed.
Do you know Pastor Ezekiel? I had the blessing of meeting him in a nursing home. We used to go there every month with one of the churches of my district to sing songs and to tell them about Jesus’ love. During the first visit, I saw an old man among the others, holding a small leather bag in his hand. Somebody told me that he was Pastor Ezekiel. I stopped by his room after our program. After being introduced to each other, I asked him to show me what he had in that small leather bag. He opened the bag, and from inside, he pulled out a Bible (old and worn). He couldn’t read too much from it; he was not always “present” during our conversations, but Pastor Ezekiel never forgot to have the Bible with him. Instead of holding a liquor bottle or a pack of cigarettes in his bag, he always carried the Bible with him. After a while, I didn’t see Pastor Ezekiel anymore. The personnel from the nursing home told me that Pastor Ezekiel had died, but they continued, “... he died with the Bible in his hand.” Everybody from the staff to the residents of that nursing home loved him because Pastor Ezekiel told them many stories from the Bible. Everybody knew him as “a pastor of the Bible.” Wow!... I imagine that the Bible was – for Pastor Ezekiel – the seed that he sowed in his mind every day. He was so careful to remove the weeds from the garden of his soul and to replace it with “the good seed.”
If you would like to see good fruit at the day of harvest, be careful what seed you sow in your mind today. “A man reaps what he saws.”