Lesson 16 Life Principle: You Reap what you Sow, More than you Sow, and Later than you Sow
When you think of how farmers operate, “You Reap What You Sow” makes perfect sense. If the farmer places tomato seeds in the ground, it’s because he wants to grow tomatoes. He will harvest the product of the kind of seed that he has planted. The farmer takes from the ground far more than he puts into it. The tiny seed reproduces itself many times over, sprouting and becoming a plant that produces fruit, which will then yield many more seeds. Of course, this is not an instantaneous process. The farmer must wait for the crop to mature in its time. The rewards of the harvest always come later than the initial investment.
What seeds are you planting? What would you like to accomplish with your life? It’s extremely important for you to be conscious of what you are sowing with your words and actions because they set the direction of your life.
Reading: Read Deuteronomy 7:1-6, Judges 1:27-34, Judges 2:1-4 & Galatians 6: 7-10
Questions/thoughts to consider:
- Read Deuteronomy 7:1-6. What was God’s command to Israel (1-2)?
- Why was the Lord so strict about this issue (4)?
- What was the Lord’s motivation in giving them this command (6)?
- Read Judges 1:27-34. Why do you think the Israelites ignored God and failed to drive these foreign nations out?
- Read Judges 2:1-4. What did the Israelites reap from their disobedience (3)?
- Read Galatians 6:7-10. Why do you think Paul says, “God is not mocked (7) about the things that you reap and sow?
- What actions or attitudes do you consider “sowing in the flesh” (8) vs. “sowing in the Spirit”?
- Why do good deeds and obedience take more time and effort than doing evil (9)?
- What will you reap if you obey God and don’t lose heart?
Dear Jesus, I don’t always seek Your leadership when I make a decision. I don’t always obey You as soon as I know Your will for me. Yet I realize that each choice that I make for good or evil is a seed which I am planting for my future, and sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that affect me the most. Sin turns my heart away from You, while obedience turns my heart toward You. If I am disobedient, greedy, and selfish, then I’m going to reap the terrible consequences of my ungodly lifestyle. I desire to fill my life with Your Spirit and Word knowing that I will reap the fruit of the Spirit (See Galatians 5:22-23) and will then enjoy all that I was created for. It’s time that I get serious about following You, because someday soon, I will see the return of what I’ve planted over the years, and I want to be proud of that crop. Transform my life, Jesus, so that I can affect the world for the sake of Your kingdom. Amen.