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The Principle of Sowing & Reaping - Part 2

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June 18, 2024 12:00 am

The Principle of Sowing & Reaping - Part 2

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June 18, 2024 12:00 am

You reap what you sow, more than you sow, and later than you sow.

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Welcome to the In Touch Podcast with Charles Stanley for Tuesday, June eighteenth. The Bible alerts us to the principle of sowing and reaping, but there's more to it than just a warning. Let's discover why believers who lovingly serve and obey God can expect a rich reward. We have to be careful what we sow into the lives of our children because what we're doing is we are laying the foundation, planting the seeds of their future character. Because the truth is all of us are the result of those things people have built into our lives.

Sometimes they're good, sometimes they're not so good. And so when we think about the effect of sowing and reaping, I want us to turn in a few moments to a passage of Scripture in Galatians. It's one of the most important principles in the entire Word of God. Because it is a divine principle, a universal principle.

It is a principle that absolutely is certain to take place, and it's unavoidable. It is a principle that we call the principle of sowing and reaping. And when the Bible says, whatever man sows, that will he also reap?

The truth is we can say it in this light, whatever we sow, we'll reap what we sow more than we sow later than we sow because that's the principle of agriculture. And so the same thing happens in your life and mine because into our lives have been sown those things that have helped to make us who we are today. So think back in your life for just a moment and what did your father plant in your life? What did your mother plant in your life? You'll never amount to anything. I wish you'd never been born.

Or you're absolutely fantastic. And what we want to do is we want to make as much money as we can so there's no security without money and so it's materialism and looks and all the things that do not build righteousness, holiness, and real firm foundation, but things based on changing things, beauty changes, financial changes, all acceptance changes, rejection, all the rest. What are you building into the life of your children? So I want you to turn, if you will, to this sixth chapter of Galatians and begin with this seventh verse. So here's what Paul says. He says, Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, but whatever man sows, that he will 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. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in good time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are the household of the faith. And so here's a warning. The warning is don't think you can live ungodly and get by with it. Don't think you can mock God, turn up your nose at Him, turn up your nose at the Word of God, laugh the Word of God off, and think that somehow there are not going to be any consequences.

Listen, there are inescapable, certain, definite consequences to living in sin and being disobedient to God. Well, a little bit of this and a little bit of that's not going to hurt. How much is a little bit? And how many times have I heard this? And I remember two specific people in my life who were friends of mine.

One of them was a pastor friend many years ago, and I hadn't seen him in many, many years. And so I remember him telling me one day and he would call me Charlie and he'd sit, we'd sit and he'd talk and he said this to me several times, but I remember the first time. He said, you know, when I was in the Second World War at that time, tell me where he was stationed. And he said, I have never been able to get over it.

So I thought he killed a bunch of people. He said, no. He said, I lived such an immoral life because he was overseas and away from everything and away from everybody he thought except God. And he told me what kind of terrible life he lived.

And he had been saved and in the ministry and doing a good job of where he was. But he said, you know what? I'm still haunted by these feelings. He says they'll come up to me in the middle of the night, things that I did, things I said, places I went and the things and the women I saw in my life.

He says it still just crowds my mind. And he said, you know what, I'm not going to get saved, I'm not going to get saved. I'm not going to get saved, I'm not going to get saved, I'm not going to get saved. And he said, you know what, we've been saved, but remember this, when you get saved, that does not eliminate that inclination within you to disobey God.

It was in his mind. Let me tell you something. I don't care who you are, what you've done, God is willing to forgive anything in your life, but I want to remind you of something. The past isn't just the past. And that's why what you sow in your life.

You need to be careful because you think you're going to get rid of it totally and completely. Only with the grace of God and probably every person has something back there in their life they wish they had not participated in or had seen or been a part of or whatever it might be. What I want you to see is this, we're sowing seeds every day. Every day of our life, we're putting thoughts in our mind. And how many times have I listened to women, for example, who've had abortion and said, if, oh, if I just had it to do again, I wouldn't, living with that. Does God forgive?

He forgives anything and everything we generally repent of. What I want you to see is this, every day is important. What we think's important, what we see is important, the way we act is important. Not only for ourselves, we're impacting other people's lives. So I ask you this question. Do your friends contribute to your godliness, to your spirit, or do they pull you away? Do the people you work around, do they contribute or do they pull you away?

Whatever organizations you belong to, are they making a contribution to your godliness or do you find yourselves struggling to speak the truth, struggling to be godly, struggling not to do certain things because they want you to do them? Remember this, we're walking in two frames of life. The ungodly is walking for pure pleasure and satisfaction.

Godly are walking to glorify and honor God and to live a life that is characteristic of the life of Jesus. And here's what He says, don't fool yourself, don't be misled. Whatever we sow, we're going to reap. We're going to reap what we sow, what we sow, what we sow, what we sow, what we sow, what we sow, what we sow, what we sow, what we sow, what we sow, later than we sow, more than we sow, and here's part of the deception.

Oh, it's not happening to me now, but it's going to. You see, the farmer doesn't plant his crop today and go out tomorrow and dig it up and say, how's it going on? He plants his crop and he waits and waits and waits. And then he says, watch what you're sowing. He says, watch what you're sowing. And notice what He's saying. He says, watch what you're sowing. There are no crop failures in a life of sin.

There are not. So when He says, watch what you're sowing and be careful how you're thinking. And notice what He says. He doesn't say, well, one of these days you may reap it. He says three times, you will reap what you sow. He says, watch what you're sowing and be careful how you're sowing. And notice what He says. He says, watch what you're sowing and be careful how you're sowing. And notice what He says. He says, I'm sorry God, it doesn't belong in my life.

I'm sorry, I'm asking You to forgive me on the basis of what Jesus did at Calvary, and God will forgive you. Does that mean you will never be harassed by it? No, it doesn't mean that. Does that mean that the Holy Spirit within you will enable you to overcome that?

Yes, it does. But there's some things you live and die with. There's some things you're not going to do. There's some things you're not going to do. There's some things you're not going to do. When you're in your life, you are going to take it and it's going to be a loss up in your life. You want to lay it down and ask God to purify your thinking and make you a godly man or a woman. And then there's some things you live and die with.

No matter who you are and how godly you may be, it depends on what God planted in your life. Now, listen to what He says. Then He says, "'Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we'll reap if we do not grow weary.'" Now, what is He talking about?

Well, think about this. And I think about this as pastors, for example. Here's a pastor who comes to a church that's a small church, maybe have fifty or seventy-five members, maybe a hundred. He's there year after year after year, and somehow he spends his life in that little church preaching the Word of God, teaching people, never have a big congregation, never live in the big house, never have big salary, true to God. He puts up with cantankerous deacons. He puts up with people who say, well, we want to keep Him humble, God, and we'll, you keep Him humble, we'll keep Him poor. And giving Him a hard time, they don't want to grow and so, but He stays in there and He's faithful, loyal to God. Here's what he's saying.

He's saying, in due season we will reap if we do not grow weary. And I think about also a godly people, for example, who don't have much. They never have had much in life. Nobody knows them particularly for any significant thing, but they live a godly life. They know how to pray. They love the Word of God. They go to church. They tithe their income. Don't have much to give, but they tithe.

Live a godly life and come toward the end of their life and look back and think, well, Lord, besides living a Christian life, I don't know how much I really accomplish in life. I don't know how much I've done in my life. I don't know how much I've done in my life. I don't know how much I've done in my life. I don't know how much I've done in my life.

But they've been faithful to God. Paul said, don't be weary in well-doing, for in due season, your crop's coming in. And it'll be a great crop. Now watch this, because I'm going to ask you at the end, so I'm giving you a little warning now. Beginning today in this coming week, when any thought comes to mind, I'm going to ask you a question. And I'm going to ask you a question. And I'm going to ask you a question. And I'm going to ask you a question. Before you accept that thought, ask yourself the question, now is that going to contribute to my spirit or to my flesh? Is that going to contribute to my eternal life, speaking of quality?

Or is it going to contribute to my destruction? And we should teach our children to do the same thing. And I'm going to ask you a question. And I'm going to ask you a question. When somebody wants to tell a dirty joke, say, look, I've got something to tell you.

You can say one or two things, you know it's dirty, you just say to them, you know what? I don't want to hear that, that doesn't fit who I am. What do you mean it doesn't fit who you are? It doesn't fit who I am.

I don't want that in my life. It's time for believers to stand up, stop apologizing for being a dirty joke, and say, look, I have something to say. And you're going to do it. You're going to do it. You're going to do it.

You're going to do it. So, Paul knew what it meant to reap. Listen, this was God's choice servant. The theology that we understand and believe today, most of it came from the Apostle Paul. They chased him down.

They persecuted him every way. And he said, don't be weary in doing what's right. Don't be weary in doing what's right. Don't be weary in doing what's right.

Don't be weary in doing what's right. It doesn't look like he reaped much. Look what he reaped. Every single one of us is a part of the fruit of the life, of difficulty, hardship, pain, suffering, and death, because of what he believes.

And every single one of us has reaped the rewards of it. What do you think his reaping would be in heaven, and what do you think God's reaping would be in heaven? Well, I think God's reaping would be in heaven.

And I think God's reaping would be in heaven, right? Because God will honor that. And I remember at times when my kids have come to me earlier in life and somebody was giving them a hard time in school or whatever it might be, and about what they believe.

And I said, look, you just keep on believing what you believe. And watch what God does in your life. And then you also watch what God does in their life. And I think that's what God does in our lives. And I think that's what God does in our lives. And I think that's what God does in our lives. And I think that's what God does in the world of people who are totally deceived. Deceived by Satan's lie and by their friends and by their enemies, and mocking God about who He is. And at the same time, what they don't realize, if you and I could see on the inside of those persons, here's what you'd see.

Their heart disintegrating. And I think that's what God does in our lives. And I think that's what God does in our lives. And I think that's what God does in our lives. And I think that's what God does in our lives. And the Bible says the wages ultimately of sin is death. Physical death, spiritual death, eternal death. So, if you feed the flesh in your life and you don't feed the spirit in your life, you lose your reward.

Because listen to what He says, He says, He says, He says, He says, And what's our opportunity? All of us have the opportunity to sow seeds into the lives of other people, whether it's our friends, our family, our children, our grandchildren, people we work with. We have the opportunity to sow seeds into their life.

You say, well, how am I going to do that? Well, sometimes it's a matter of saying, when they tell you that they're sick, I'm going to be praying for you. I'm going to be praying, praying, praying, praying, prayer. I'm going to be praying prayer. Somebody else comes along and says something about God loving them.

Boing. And so little by little, people get fed truth. And God begins to take that little seed that you dropped, little seed that you dropped in their life.

And what does He do? And that's how I got saved. You may have talked to so-and-so or listened to this some of that, but you can't even count how many seeds got sown into your life for the most part, for most people.

There are times when somebody comes out of nowhere and never heard anything and they get saved. But for the most part, all of us got seed fed into our life. And I can think about how many times my mother fed me seeds of desiring to be righteous and godly and holy and thinking about the pastor that I listen to and the seeds he sowed into my life and my grandfather, big seed he sowed into my life. Listen, you're either sowing or you're receiving. You can sow and receive, but you can't sow wickedness and reap righteousness, you cannot.

And so the issue is, what kind of person do you want to be? He says, look, he says, we are to impact, we have an opportunity to impact people for good. So, let's just forget everything about the bad seed for just a moment, that you take this same passage of Scripture, just preach part of it and say, you know what? Remember, whatever we sow, we'll reap what we sow more than we sow, later than we sow.

And put it all on the positive side, talking to people about Jesus, giving out tracts, pointing them to the radio television sermons. And he says, think about all the good seed that you can sow out there. And he says, look, don't think you're going to sow all that good seed and God ignore it. You don't realize that God sees all the little good things. For example, if you reach down to pick up something from some little old lady or some little old man who can't do it, what are you doing?

You're being kind. You say, well, God's not interested in that. That's exactly what the fruit of the Spirit is, love, joy, peace, kindness.

And if you look at that fifth chapter and just notice what Paul says, he says, but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. That is, all of us have the privilege of feeding into other people's lives things that build character and godliness and righteousness and holiness into their life. And let me ask you a question, what greater thing can you do? You can give them a lot of money and they can die and go to hell.

You can send them to college and they can die and go to hell. You can do a lot of things for people that bring them no real, genuine, lasting fruit. But when you feed them the things of God and the qualities of Jesus of kindness and gentleness and goodness and forgiveness and praying for them and talking to them about the Lord and what God has done in your life, you are feeding those people the fruit of the Spirit. And you may forget it and they may forget it for the moment, but one of these days, God will have used you to reap a great harvest in them. Do you realize how powerful your life is?

What an impact you can have that'll, listen, make an eternal difference in somebody's life. Listen, don't mock God by thinking that you can live ungodly and get away with it. Listen, not that I say you can't, God says you cannot. But neither can you live a righteous, godly, holy life and it go wasted and not reap a crop, yes you will. And what you do by making choices, you choose the kind of crop you're going to reap. And the life that you're going to live and the judgment before which you'll stand. Thank you for listening to part two of The Principle of Sowing and Reaping. If you'd like to know more about Charles Stanley or In Touch Ministries, stop by intouch.org. This podcast is a presentation of In Touch Ministries, Atlanta, Georgia.
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