Sunday, May 27th, 2012
Sowing & Reaping (Part 2)
S & R: Teachings Of Jesus
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Matthew 6:26 (NKJV)
'Sowing and reaping' is a law of nature concerning the growth of our plants. Even more, it's a law of God concerning the growth of our Spirit. 'He who sows to the spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life' (Galatians 6:8).
When Jesus came to planet Earth, He understood our physical needs. So He 'Healed all who were sick' (Matthew 8:16), and He fed us: 'Those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children' (Matthew 14:21).
But His greatest mission on planet Earth wasn't about surface stuff. Those miracles were done to get our attention on deeper matters.
Jesus is the Keeper of God's Vineyard, and the vineyard is us. He goes to the root of the problem (see Luke 13:8): our souls. He offers a permanent solution: salvation. Which brings us back to sowing and reaping.
One of Jesus' most famous parables is 'The Sower' (See Matthew 13, Mark 4, or Luke 8). It speaks from three Gospels and covers a lot of ground, specifically our whole planet and every man on it. In 'The Sower,' the soil is the condition of our lives. If we are stony, shallow, or filled with the debris of poor choices, nothing good grows.
Therefore, nothing good is reaped; the fruit of our lives is non-existent or rotten, 'For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption' (Galatians 6:8).
But if we are humble, open, and eager for God's plans and plants (His Word), we are considered 'Good ground' that will 'Bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred' (Mark 4:20). We reap true gain in this life, and beyond it: salvation unto eternal life.
To Be Continued...