Sowing, Meet Reaping | Galatians 6:7-10
Galatians 6:7-10 | ESV [This Week’s Passage: Galatians 6:1-10]
7 …whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 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. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Mike’s Authorized Version (MAV)
Changing metaphors, let’s step out into a farmer’s field. Whatever you plant in the field is what you will reap in your life. Count on it. Sow the oats of your lower self and reap a correspondingly grim harvest that will spoil as soon as you gather it; sow the precious grain of your higher Spirit-led self and watch yourself reap an unspoiling harvest of unending and ever deepening Life. So this is no time to stop! Keep at it! Keep scattering the seeds of doing good and living holy. The harvest – the great pay-off – is coming. And we won’t share in it if we can’t wait for it, but instead shrug our shoulders, and walk off the field. Don’t do that! Knowing that the harvest is coming, seize each moment, each opportunity to get our hands dirty doing good for anyone, for everyone – especially for members of this expansive and expanding family of faith.
Carpe diem. Seize the day. We’ve heard it so often it’s trite. But the only reason we’ve heard it so often is because it’s what we so rarely do. We sleepwalk through life, mostly, perpetually hitting the snooze button and rolling back over. Perpetually stuck in an Ecclesiastes ennui: What’s the point, why bother, it’s happened before and it will all happen again. Through these lines of Galatians Paul is splashing cold water in our faces, reviving us to a quite literal field of opportunities right under our feet, right before our skeptical, weary eyes. Our very lives are the seeds meant to be scattered not hoarded or holed up in a napkin, wasted, buried in the field of the world. Bob Dillon sang, “ You’ve gotta serve someone.” We can add another refrain: “You’re gonna sow something.” And we do. We are all sowing something. We are all sowing to something. Low life of the flesh. High life of the Spirit. We are all sowing something. And we are all reaping something. The two, of course are vitally connected, although we often deny the connection insisting that we can sow oats and reap apples. We insist we can keep sowing indifference with each roll in the bed of apathy and reap significance. Paul does us a favor here for which we will hate him at first: he rips the blankets off apathy’s bed, and like an excited child on Christmas morning, pulls us by the hand to see the harvest of opportunities awaiting us.
What opportunities for doing good lie before you today? How ready are you to pursue them as they crop up before you?
Abba, keep ripping the blankets off the bed, keep splashing your cold water in my face. Don’t leave me hinged to the bed of indifference. Awaken my soul again to the field of opportunities that awaits me this day.
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