Sowing and Reaping

Zechariah Newman —  January 28, 2014 — 7 Comments

I had a great opportunity this last weekend to go to a men’s retreat with my church. I had a great time resting and getting to know the men at my local church. What have you been up to?

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One of the men from my church brought up the act of sowing and reaping. This is important for dream chasing and life in general. I have seen men and women lose the faith because of a lack of understanding of sowing and reaping. It is as if we all think, I have done what I am supposed to do. Where is my reward? It is easy to give up on the dream because you have been working on it and the results are not what you have liked.

Honestly this is how I have been lately; trying to figure out things that are not in my control. How about you? I expect things to happen too quickly no matter what I am doing. I create no space for God to work. I plant and then obsess over the germination time instead of going on to the next seed to plant.

We will not merely plant one seed and then miraculously everything will change. In Galatians 6: 7-10 it says, “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. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

“In due season” are the words I want to focus on today. It is simple to look at a short section of our lives and assume that the act of sowing and reaping does not exist. In the physical world and the spiritual world there are different types of seeds. Sometimes the act of sowing and reaping is like grass seed. There is a seven-day germination cycle. Other times it is like some pine species that take the act of fire to scorch the cone before they germinate.

I want to encourage you to never grow weary of doing good. Do not grow weary of pursuing your dream. In due season you will see fruit of the seed you have panted. Do your part in taking action, which is planting seeds. Let God decide when the harvest will happen. Be blessed on your journey.

How do you stay focused on your part?

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  • Amen Zech. Patience has to be a huge part of the process along with prayer!

    • For sure Kimanzi. Patience and prayer are huge. Thanks for stopping by brother.

    • Thanks for stopping by Kimanzi. Patience and Prayer are huge!

  • I love what Galatians says Zech! “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” I am also reminded of the 10,000 hour rule. I think today’s generation is obsessed with short-term gratification and fails to understand the concept of sowing and reaping. The entitlement mentality also exacerbates the current issue. What I learned from this post is that I need to be patient and always strive to sow. I can become too impatient that I want to see the fruits of my work. There is a due season…

    • Amen. The picture is of a Joshua tree. I bieleve they take ten years to grow five feet. We as a culture praise someone for focusing on something for 6 months. Love Gladwell talking about the ten thousand hour rule. I can’t wait to see my writing after ten thousand hours;)

  • Great thoughts, Zech! The difficult part is waiting for the harvest to come. Some times it can take a while before the initial sawing to reap the reward.

    • Very true Dan. I find it easier to focus on the next thing to plant right away. Makes it easier in the wait time.