REAPING REWARDS – good or bad

Reaping rewardsA tenant farmer worked hard for many years to improve the production of the land. The owner was elderly and the tenant hoped to be able to buy the farm when the lease expired.

When it was time to renew the lease, the owner told him he was planning to sell the farm.  His son was getting married and would purchase the farm for their home. The tenant made several offers to buy it, hoping the owner’s decision would be reversed, but it was all in vain.

reaping 1The tenant became bitter and angry. He had put hard work into this place, thinking it would be his. When the time approached for him to vacate the farm, his weeks of bitterness got the better of him. He gathered seeds from some of the most pesky and noxious weeds he could find and spent all day scattering them on the clean, fertile soil of the farm, along with a lot of trash and stones he had collected.

reaping 2To his utter dismay, the very next morning the owner informed him that plans for the son’s wedding had fallen through and he wouldn’t be wanting the farm.  He offered it to the tenant at a very reasonable price.

The lesson is clear.

Scripture tells us
WHATEVER A MAN SOWS, THAT HE WILL ALSO REAP
Galatians 6:7

THIS IS ALWAYS TRUE

If we sow wheat, we will reap wheat. Did you know that wheat has been found in tombs in Egypt? It was placed there 5000 years ago. Some was planted and no one was surprised to see that those wheat seeds produced wheat.  In 5000 years it hadn’t forgotten it was wheat.  If we sow apples, we will reap apples. You will never pick a peach from an orange tree. Sometimes a watermelon vine extends out twenty feet from the start, but it always puts a watermelon out there – never a pumpkin or a squash.

The law is immutable.  It CANNOT change because the Creator ordered every living thing to bring forth after its own kind.

IN THE TECHNICAL SPHERE WE ALWAYS REAP WHAT WE SOW.

reaping 3When computers made their appearance in offices, many bore a sign
“Garbage in = garbage out”
Many of us know how true that is.

IN THE MORAL SPHERE WE ALWAYS REAP WHAT WE SOW.

We know how true that is when applied to our lives.  When we feed our minds with unwholesome thoughts and activities we will undoubtedly reap what we have sown.  Natural man walks on a downward path with no power of resistance [Ephesians 2:1-3]

When TV “soapies” started to portray a different type of lifestyle as normal, our young people fed their minds on it, and it became true for them.  They accepted an abnormal sense of morality as normal and reaped what they had sown in their minds.

CHRISTIANS WILL ALWAYS REAP WHAT WE SOW
To the blood-bought, adopted child of the living God . . .

God gives us many admonitions to guard our minds.  When we feed on the garbage the world offers – be it watching TV programs or movies that portray an immoral lifestyle – or using foul language – or listening to/telling unclean jokes – or wasteful living – or following selfish desires – or anything that is not Godly – we will reap the results of unfruitfulness and miss out on the abundance of life that God promises to those who follow Him.

The admonition from the Word is
Romans 12:1-2
Present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service,
and do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your MIND,
that you may prove
what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

 Philippians 4:8 
Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just, whatever things are pure,
whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of a good report,
if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy,
meditate on these things.

NON-CHRISTIANS WILL ALWAYS REAP WHAT THEY SOW
To those who are NOT Christians . . .

Know that God wants YOU to enjoy the rich blessings He gives to His blood-bought, adopted children.  You may feel that you will have to ‘give up’ too much, but be assured that God gives abundantly to His faithful children.

Jesus said . . .
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
No one comes to the Father, except through Me.
John 14:6

He who comes to Me I will by no means cast out
John 6:37

I have come that they might have life
and that they might have it MORE ABUNDANTLY
John 10:10

What are we sowing into our minds?

What are we sowing into our lives?

What are we sowing into the lives of others – family, friends, all we meet?

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About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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8 Responses to REAPING REWARDS – good or bad

  1. Rob Barkman says:

    By God’s grace we reap benefits fr0m being faithful to Him. By God’s justice we reap heartache when we are unfaithful to Him. He is not only a gracious Lord but He is a just Lord as well. Thanks Angela for another thoughtful posting. Lord bless.

    • His grace is amazing. His love is amazing, but all too often people forget He is also just. Sin will always reap its rewards whenever it is allowed to take root, and ONLY the blood of Jesus Christ can overcome it, destroy it and cleanse us anew.
      What an incredibly amazing God!

  2. Anna Popescu says:

    Cloudwatcher, another great post! I love the visual that GIGO stirs up. I had forgotten about that acronym so thanks for the reminder. This is something we all need to remember…

    • Anna, I’ve found the thought of ‘Garbage in = Grabage out” is so important nowadays. I find it somewhat a battle with evil even to go shopping, as words I hear and dress codes I see – and even more so, the wording on bumper stickers and tee shirts – offend my spirit. Thankfully, we are not alone. We have Holy Spirit to enable us to reject such things as long as we look to Him.

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Many people forget that their minds should be filled and not left vacant as an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. God’s Word says “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8.
    Thanks for a good reminder Cloudwatcher. to watch we what input our minds.

    • Our minds play a very important role in our spiritual lives, which is why Romans 12:2 tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We need to make a conscious effort to reject all unworthy materials and to keep our minds occupied with the wholesome . . . and to be sure that what we sow into others’ minds are stepping stones to faith in Christ.

  4. Amanda Beth says:

    Excellent message! I’m passing this on. I don’t think many people understand how important it is to guard our eyes, mind, and heart. The Bible tells us to keep ourselves from being polluted by the world. We will reap the dangerous repercussions of sin when we allow it in. Thanks for sharing this! God bless!

    • I think of a quote by Mr Anon that says “Sin enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree”. When we make excuses for a so-called ‘small’ sin, it isn’t long before we realise that no sin is small and that no sin lives alone and that only God is powerful enough to rid us of that sin.
      “Neither give place to the devil” Ephesians 4:27

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