SOWING AND REAPING

“Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest”.

Gal 6:7 EHP

There is a common saying, usually used to refer to ill-will or bad behaviour, rudeness or selfishness: “What goes around, comes around”. Paul was aware that this principle was very evident in his day and that it had been enshrined in the constitution of human life. In other words, it was built into human society by God himself. It was part of the fabric of human behaviour.

Paul seems to have been saying, “If you bear other people’s burdens, there will in all likelihood come a day, when you will need someone to help you bear yours. But if you refuse to share another person’s burden then you too will find, in the day of your dire need, that no one will shoulder part of your burden.

It does often transpire that when we are open and generous- hearted then we find we often become the surprised recipients of kindness “coming back” so to speak. Of course, whether the same amount as that which we sow comes back may be another matter. Other ancient teachers and wise people knew the truth of this principle. “Cast your bread upon the waters, and after many days you will find it again” (Ecc 11:1 NIV) said the wise man who wrote Eccelsiastes (or “the Preacher”) in the Old Testament.

Some have found, however, that the blessings they have received from God have been more, far more, than they have deserved. God is not stingy with his bounty. And one of the major themes of the Bible is that God, in his grace, extends his mercy to those who deserve condemnation and judgment.

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, prompt me to sow generously and to leave the harvest to you.