Sow and Reap Class
If you have taken any of my classes or read any of my books, you know I use a lot of analogies. The Bible is full of analogies drawn from God’s creation.
One spring when my children were young, I tripled the size of my vegetable garden. Our family was growing, and we had a large new freezer where I could put up more vegetables. I enjoyed the preparing, planting, and tending the garden, but once my first plants sprouted I realized how much more weeding was necessary. After weeks of hot and sweaty weeding, I knew I had to upgrade from a hoe to a rototiller (to weed in between the rows).
I was off to the tractor store, daydreaming of a freezer packed with green beans, carrots, cabbage and rutabaga, and a pantry overflowing jars of pickles and tomatoes.
On my way home from the store, I was in a car accident. I wasn’t hurt badly, but my back and neck were sore and I could not work in the garden for weeks.
Those of you who have had a garden know what happened; with no one to tend the garden, the weeds grew rapidly, choking out my tender plants. In just a few days, due to neglect, weeds overgrew all the hard work of getting the soil ready and planting the seeds. . The garden did not care if the neglect was accidental or on purpose, and the weeds did what weeds do––they germinated and multiplied.
We default to our sin nature every day. We battle our flesh with prayer, Bible study, and fellowship. If we don’t battle our flesh, spiritual weeds can take root—fear, self pity, anger, lust, pride, etc. Sinful inclinations do not go away on their own. If we neglect our hearts, old attitudes will soon take over (Proverbs 4:23).
Christ taught many heavenly truths in with stories common people could understand. When they asked if God would give his Spirit to them Jesus replied, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Christ and Paul both used this style of teaching, including the familiar process of sowing and reaping. It is as if he said that every man as he journeys through life is scattering seed at every step. The seed consists of his thoughts, his words, his actions. The seeds that pass from him eventually spring up and bear fruit.
Life a Seed-Time
Every life has a field to sow, to cultivate, and finally, to reap. We plant by exposure us to good or bad influences (habits and friends) and we are cultivating the seed for the coming harvest. We cannot see the seed as it grows however as it develops time will reveal it.
The full harvest is potentially contained in the seed, so it potentially contained the fruit of sin or holiness. “When lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin, and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
We cannot reap a good harvest unless we have sown good seed. Weeds grow easily without the planting, just as sin springs up naturally in our hearts.
Every day for the next thirty days I will post a lesson on sowing and reaping. We will examine BIble passages on Paul's sowing churches, Ruth's reaping a husband, how our mouths can reap kindness or anger, and lots of other parables.
Several of the lessons are from Paul's writings. I highly recommend you view the movie Paul, the Apostle of Christ.
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StartLesson 1. Firstfruits
StartLesson 2. Like a Mustard Seed
StartLesson 3. Sowing Good Works
StartLesson 4. Bear Fruit
StartLesson 5. Fruitful Labor
StartLesson 6. A Soft Answer
StartLesson 7. Seek the Fruit
StartLesson 8. Kingdom of God
StartLesson 9. Seeds and Harvest
StartLesson 10. Cheerful Giver
StartLesson 11. Good Works
StartLesson 12. Sowing Injustice
StartLesson 13. For This I Toil
StartLesson 14. Ruth Sows Faith
StartLesson 15. God Gives the Growth
StartLesson 16. Wise Sowing
StartLesson 17. Sow Righteousness
StartLesson 18. Always Trust God
StartLesson 19. Sow to the Spirit