Summary: If you sow your wild oats you’re going to get exactly what you’ve planted. If you sow to please the Spirit of God then you will reap a full life, eternal life.
A Lesson In Reaping and Sowing
We live in a fantastic universe. Our planet, a tiny speck in this vast universe, is filled with illustration after illustration of the mind boggling order and design that God has written into every fiber of His creation. For example, have you ever thought about the changing of the seasons that we experience here in Oklahoma? August can be extremely hot and December through February can usher in a mandate for coats and gloves. We may complain about the extremes that we experience, but we really don’t know how extreme the heat and cold could get if the earth were not perfectly positioned 93,000,000 miles away from the sun and tilted at just the right angle. If we were positioned a little closer to the sun then we would burn up like forgotten toast in the oven. If we were positioned a little further way from the sun then we would freeze like a Popsicle. God has placed us in just the right place for life to thrive.
God’s intricate design is written into His creation to teach us who He is and to show us that He is a God of purpose. Along with His design, God has also written natural laws into His creation. The natural laws I am speaking about are laws such as the “Laws of Gravity” or the “Laws of Thermodynamics.” You can debate these natural laws all you want, but I will assure you that if you jump off of a ten story building you will quickly learn about the “Laws of Gravity.”
We people don’t do so well with following the law, any kind of law, but whether or not we choose to comply – laws are still laws. We are very creative in trying to circumvent the law, but it really is a futile effort my friends. Let me give you an example of what I am talking about. Today, we have all kinds of experts to help us try and get around one of the most visible laws of God. The law I am referring to is the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.
Now, you may have never heard of the 2nd law of thermodynamics, but you are feeling its affects even as you sit here this morning. It doesn’t matter how young or old you may be. The law affects every ethnic group, every socio-economic group, and it has an equal impact on the educated and uneducated. The law of thermodynamics not only affects people, but it affects all of creation.
The 2nd law of thermodynamics simply stated means that everything is falling apart. It is a universal law of decay. Nothing stays as fresh as it was the day that you bought it. Your favorite pair of pants or favorite shirt that looked so nice and new the day you brought them home, now looks faded and is becoming worn looking. Every one of the houses in this neighborhood were brand new when they were built, but today many of them, like many of us, look their age. Everything ages and wears out. Not just our clothes, houses, or bodies, but everything in the universe.
From the moment we are born the 2nd law of thermodynamics begins to take its toll on us. The gray hairs on my head, the wrinkles in our skin, and the loss of muscle mass are all a result of this universal law. Death is the ultimate “exclamation point” of this 2nd law of thermodynamics.
I said that we people don’t do so well with laws. We buy “fuzz busters” to try and avoid getting a ticket for speeding, we hire shady, crooked tax advisers to help us circumvent the tax laws, and we hire plastic surgeons to help us postpone the affects of the 2nd law of thermodynamics on our bodies. The fact of the matter is that the law will eventually catch up with you. You may have a “fuzz buster,” but eventually you will get busted, you may hire the most prominent tax evading pencil pusher known to man, but you will pay one day, and you can hire Rodeo Drive’s most heralded cosmetic surgeon, but you are still going to get old and death will visit your house like every other person.
Just as there are laws of nature that govern the universe there are also moral and spiritual laws that God has written into His creation. We can try and get around God’s laws that are given to govern our lives, but we will end up bringing about our ruin if we ignore God’s counsel.
Today we are going to take a look at our next section of Galatians and try to learn some lessons in “sowing and reaping.” Won’t you turn to Galatians 6:7-10 and let’s begin.