DO NOT BE DECEIVED!
Sermon shared by Melvin Newland
Summary: Maybe we think we have pulled the wool over God’s eyes, that God doesn’t see what we are doing, or know what is going on inside our hearts & minds. (Powerpoints available - #209.)
Denomination: Christian/Church of Christ
Audience: General adults
They concluded, "If wheat & weeds are growing side by side it means that two kinds of seed have been planted." Wheat seed doesn’t produce weeds, & weed seeds don’t produce wheat.
2. Back in the O.T., in Hosea 8:7, the prophet Hosea said, "If you sow the wind, you will reap the whirlwind."
3. Even further back, in Exodus 21:24 Moses says, "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, wound for wound." Moses is talking about reaping what you sow.
4. And we can even go back to Genesis 1:11 where God forms the earth & says, "Let the ground bring forth grass, & the herb yielding seed, & every fruit bearing tree bring forth fruit after its own kind. And it was so." The principle of sowing & reaping is as old as life itself. What you sow is what you reap.
C. But Paul began his statement of this eternal principle with some very disturbing words, "Do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked." Why did Paul say that? Is it possible for us to be deceived?
Maybe we think we have pulled the wool over God’s eyes, that God doesn’t see what we are doing, or know what is going on inside our hearts & minds.
But Paul says, "You must not deceive yourselves. You are not deceiving God. God knows what kind of seed you are sowing, & whatever kind of seed you sow, that is the kind of seed you will reap when the day of harvest comes."
PROP: With that in mind, there are four important lessons in this passage that I want to call to your attention this morning.
I. WISE SOWERS SOW WITH THE HARVEST IN MIND
A. The first is this, "Wise sowers sow with the harvest in mind."
I’m not a farmer. But I think that if we were to go to a farmer when he is sowing seed & ask him why he is sowing, he would tell us that he is sowing seed in hopes of getting a good harvest. I really don’t imagine that He ever sows just for the fun of sowing.
Maybe sowing could be fun. In the springtime birds are singing, & the sun is shining brightly. After being cooped up all winter, it is just great being outdoors in the beautiful spring weather. But even with all that going for them, I’m convinced that farmers never sow just for the fun of sowing.
B. But in our personal lives, I’m afraid that many people enjoy their sowing, without ever giving a thought about the harvest that is to come.
ILL. That is one explanation for the generation gap that we hear so much about. Over there is a younger generation who is enjoying the fun of sowing, & they never think about the harvest.
But over here is an older generation who also sowed without considering the harvest. But time has passed, & now they’re beginning to reap their harvest, & that makes a big difference in the way they look at life.
So now they’re trying to warn those who are following in their footsteps, but no one pays much attention.
Paul calls that "sowing to please the sinful nature." We call it "sowing wild oats." But the harvest of destruction is the same.
ILL. A few years ago, Ann Landers published a letter from a prison inmate. It was a pathetic letter that really tugged at your emotions, written by a man whose mother had just died, & he couldn’t attend her funeral
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