2 February 2017 - clay
Sowing and reaping
Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.
– Galatians 6:7-8
As some of my readers know, I grew up on a farm in south central Kansas. My dad raised wheat, soybeans, milo, and grass on over 2,000 acres. When he wanted to grow a particular crop, he planted a particular kind of seed. He was never surprised when wheat came up, because he had planted wheat. He was never surprised when he had a crop of soybeans, because he had planted soybeans.
Why then are we surprised when we don’t reap holiness or wisdom when all we’ve sown into our lives is vulgar entertainment and reality television? We wonder why we struggle against sin and spend our days thinking about the Bible study we want to do, but never make time for it. We wonder why we don’t understand God and we ignore Him in prayer.
The fruit of the Spirit is not an accident. It happens because of an intentional discipline, a religious approach to Godliness. I know, Christianity is all about a relationship with Christ. I don’t dispute that. I do dispute the idea that many seem to have where they focus on the relationship but don’t do anything to foster it. I’m sure I’ve beaten this particular horse before, but I believe that Christianity is a religious relationship. We have the relationship because we religiously pursue it.
As Paul says, God is not mocked. He knows what you have sown, and what you will reap. We can’t sow sin and reap holiness. Discipline, religious discipline, is needed in order to produce the kind of spiritual maturity that should mark our Christian growth.
How do we do that? Find someone who is willing to walk with you through life. Find a brother or sister who loves you enough to speak to you honestly about your sin, and who you can do the same with. Look closely at your life and the influences on you and begin to whittle away those things which do not point to God. Find a mentor who has walked where you are now, and listen to their wisdom.
I’d love to see a transformation of discipleship growth in our churches and communities. This will change the world and will change our lives and the lives of those around us.