Summary: A sermon on sowing and reaping
Title: Sowing and reaping.
Before we get serious I thought you might appreciate the following warning labels.
Not intended for highway use – on a 13 inch wheel on a wheelbarrow
May irritate eyes – on a can of self-defense pepper spray
Please keep out of children – on a butcher’s knife
Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly – on a child sized Superman costume
May be harmful if swallowed – on a shipment of hammers
Warning: has been known to cause cancer in laboratory mice – on a box of rat poison
Our text for today also begins with a Warning
•Do not be deceived
Do not be deceived about what? Let’s read on.
Do not be deceived. God is not mocked. A man reaps what he sows
Warning: Do not be deceived about the principal of Sowing and Reaping.
Here is the principal of Sowing and Reaping…
1.You always reap what you sow
2.You always reap more than you sow
3.You always reap later than you sow
1.You always reap what you sow.
“Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” (v7)
Illustration: If you sow an apple seed -you reap an apple tree (not an orange tree or a pear tree)
Why not an orange tree or a pear tree? You always reap what you sow.
Definition of insanity: Always doing what you did before but expecting different results
If I always reap what I sow -then I need to be very careful about what I sow.
The Good News is God makes it really easy for me to be very careful about what we sow.
Here is how God has made it really easy for me to be very careful about we sow.
Our scripture for today tells me that I really only have two choices where I can sow.
Not a million choices. Not a thousand choices. Not a hundred choices. Not even ten choices
Only 2 choices! God makes it simple!
•I can sow to please my sinful nature or…
•I can sow to please the Spirit.
•Whenever I sow to please the sinful nature I am mocking God
•Whenever I sow to please the Spirit I am magnifying God
Our Focus needs to be on Sowing to please the Spirit
So now I need to know what pleases the Spirit?
Again God helps us
I please the Spirit by…doing good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (v10)
Illustration: You and I are like Salvation Army clothes boxes
“Doing the most good”
Paul doesn’t elaborate here on what it means to do good to all people
But here is what Jesus had to say about doing good…
Jesus said: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Matthew 25:35-36 (quickview) )
If you and I do good to all people especially to those who belong to the family of God you and I will reap good things back.
Why? You always reap what you sow
This brings us to the second part of the principle of sowing and reaping