I learned a long time ago about sowing and reaping; three truths… what you saw is what you reap. You reap after you sow. You reap more than you sow. These three truths have been in my heart as I am constantly reminded, and need to be reminded, to be careful what I sow. I usually think of this in the context of my activity, that is my sowing and subsequent reaping.
But today I had a different, perhaps paradoxical thought. God has sown things in me and He expects to reap. 2 Corinthians 5 says that we have been reconciled and so given the ministry of reconciliation. He sowed our new relationship with Him through Jesus, and expects us to share with others that opportunity. So what else has been sown in me that needs to produce a harvest?
He has given me love that I didn’t deserve, joy I can’t understand, peace that satisfies, patience beyond my own ability, kindness when I deserved judgment, goodness when I haven’t been, faithfulness that is like a mighty tree, gentleness that holds me, and self-control to abide in me. He has sown these in me, what will He reap?
Everything I learn about God, about what He has done, and His desires for me, is the planting of those virtues into my soul. If I take them to heart, plant them within the fertile ground of my being, they will produce a harvest in my character and activities…
Maybe that’s why they’re called fruit. (Galatians 5:23)
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