For today, I want us to focus on verses 7-10. It says "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
Here in these verses, Paul gives us the picture of reaping and sowing. And quite simply, whatever we sow, we will reap. So, I guess the question we have to ask ourselves is, what is it that we are sowing?! If our faith is self serving, we're in trouble. If we live life for our own benefit, and our expressions of faith have selfish desire behind them, then fairly quickly, things are going to go wrong. The Christian walk isn't about self! Yes, God loves us, and he pours himself out for us, to redeem us and to reconcile us to himself. But the life we live now is not our own (Gal 2:20). And really, it never was!
However, if we are people who sow in the Spirit, then the things we reap with be the things of the Spirit! Remember, this passage comes right after the Fruit of the Spirit at the end of Galatians 5. In Galatians 5:25 it says "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." We need to make sure that we aren't people that live for ourselves!
Galatians 2:20 says "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." This verse tells us that when we are crucified with Christ, we no longer live, but Christ lives in us! So let's let Jesus do exactly that! Let Christ live through you... let the goodness of Christ flow through you to bless others. We are blessed to be a blessing! The fruit of the Spirit aren't for our benefit, but for the benefit of those around us. We need to ensure, as it says in Galatians 5:25, that we are keeping in step with the Spirit!
And so the question I want to finish with today is... what are we sowing?