Continued from here.
Also in 2015, God introduced me to the concept of sowing and reaping. Teachings by both Tony Evans and Joyce Meyer helped me understand this principle. Tony Evans’ book, Horizontal Jesus, was particularly helpful.
In the farming world, the concept of sowing and reaping is obvious. For example, if I want to reap a harvest of pumpkins, I plant pumpkin seeds, right? I wouldn’t plant apple seeds and expect to harvest pumpkins. I also would not expect to harvest pumpkins without planting any seeds. Seems obvious, right?
However, for some reason, most of us don’t understand that the same principles apply in our spiritual and emotional lives. For example, I wanted to reap joy in my life, but I kept sowing the seeds of unforgiveness and bitterness. I kept praying for joy, but joy eluded me because I was not doing what God said to do! God says that if we want to reap joy, then we must plant the seeds of obedience. God says that we are to forgive and give thanks. If we do not forgive or give thanks, then we are sowing the wrong seeds to reap a harvest of joy.
In addition, human nature is to hoard what we want more of, but what would happen if the farmer refused to plant any pumpkin seeds? He wouldn’t get a harvest of pumpkins, right? The same is true when we hoard what we want more of, which is why God tells us to tithe. When we tithe, we are planting seeds that will reap a harvest of financial provision.
This concept revolutionized how I view my choices. Every choice I make – every seed I sow – will result in a future harvest, so I need to be mindful of what I am planting today. If I choose to plant seeds of ungratefulness, selfishness, or bitterness, I can expect to reap a harvest of depression and anxiety. If I want a harvest of joy, I need to plant seeds of thanksgiving, humility, and forgiveness. The choice is mine.
The other part I need to remember is that the farmer does not plant pumpkin seeds today and then harvest a crop in a few hours or a few days. Whatever I sow takes times to reap a harvest, which is why I should not give up when I don’t experience an immediate change. Whatever I am reaping today was sown a while ago, and whatever I sow today will reap a harvest in the future. It’s up to me what I choose to sow.
[Graphic: Cover of Evans’ book, Horizontal Jesus. Courtesy Amazon.com.]