Sowing and reaping happen every day in our world. Farmers probably understand the concept of reaping what we sow better than most of us. It rings true to them, because they live by this concept.
Do we non-farmers live by it? Given the many things Holy Scripture has to say about this concept, we live by it whether we want to or not.
In whatever kind of work we do or life we have, we sow all the time. And we will reap what we sow. We don’t need scripture to know this. It’s common sense. It’s the truth. It happens. What goes around comes around. What we sow impacts everyday lives, which includes our spiritual lives.
As Christians, the passage of scripture that may initially come to mind is found in Galatians 6:7-9 (NIV): “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Job uses the farming analogy to strongly state the spiritual consequences involved in sowing and reaping. “As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.” (Job 4:8)
We should expect Proverbs to have something to say on this subject. “Whoever is kind to the poor…will [be] reward[ed] for what they have done.” (Proverbs 19:17) “Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity.” (Proverbs 22:8)
Jesus also weighs in: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)
The concept of sowing and reaping has eternal implications to be sure. But this concept also impacts everyday life–every day. It’s a concept that probably needs more attention than we give it.