Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8
Sir Isaac Newton was the identifier of physical laws that govern the universe, like ‘what goes up, must come down,’ and ‘for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.’ There are spiritual laws that are true whether people know them or agree with them. One is that we have all sinned and sin must be paid for by blood. That’s why they used animal sacrifices in the Old Testament and why Jesus had to shed His own blood to pay for our sin, told about in the New Testament.
Our Galatians verses point to some other spiritual laws, like that our actions have consequences, either good or bad. What we do matters. One day we will be repaid for what we have done. Sowing is another word for planting seeds, and reaping is another word for harvesting. We aren’t talking about actual seeds, but spiritual ones. Our seeds are deeds that we have done, choices we have made, or actions that we have taken.
If you sow to the flesh, you will reap the consequences of that. Sowing to the flesh could mean a lot of things, like selfish or sinful acts done, things we have done to satisfy our own desires, or things we have done by striving in the flesh to do things on your own without God. Reaping corruption means that you suffer the consequences of those deeds. Plus, those deeds will be like bad crops that are destroyed and not harvested. You throw away the rotten pumpkins in the garden, and your selfish and sinful deeds will be tossed out.
Sowing to the Spirit is the opposite. They are things that we do because we are looking to please God. They are good deeds, things done in obedience or with the good intention of helping others or doing what is right. Those seeds planted will go into eternity. You might think that good guys end last, or that it doesn’t matter because no one notices or cares. Wrong. God notices, He keeps an account and He will reward you. What we do matters.
Galatians 6:9 commands us to not grow weary of doing good or to give up. Psalm 126:5-6 says, “Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.” In Heaven you will see the results of the things you did for God and many people may come running thanking you for what you did.
It is never too late to turn your harvest around. Start living for Jesus and, as Ephesians 5:10 says, “Find out what pleases the Lord.”