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What Are You Sowing?
What Will You Reap

While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. – Genesis 8:22

God set the law of sowing and reaping into the universe. It not only works with tomatoes, corn and apples, it operates in our lives. A Chinese proverb states: "If you want to know your past, look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future, look into your present actions."

Since this principle is God-ordained and has been working effectively for thousands of years, I really need to check the seeds I am planting. It operates both ways – good and bad. For example:

I was driving to a job interview and was running 15 minutes late when I saw a middle-aged woman stranded with a flat tire. My conscience made me stop. I changed her tire and headed to the interview, thinking I could just forget about getting the job now. But I filled out the job application, nevertheless, and went to the personnel director's office. Did I get the job? Sure thing. The personnel director hired me on the spot. She was the woman whose tire I had just changed! (Reader's Digest, December 1982)

John Gipson wrote about the results of sowing another kind of seed: Day after day the boys kept crossing his property, so finally the farmer posted a "No Trespassing" sign to keep them out. Outraged and embittered, one boy vowed that he would get even. One night he crept onto the farm with a sack of Johnson grass seed and sowed it generously in every field (Johnson grass spreads rapidly and is almost impossible to destroy). Several years later the boy married this farmer's only daughter. In a short time the farmer died, and the boy inherited the farm. He spent the rest of his life fighting Johnson grass.

We reap what we sow – Galatians 6:7-8.
We reap later than when we sow – Mark 4:28.
We reap more than we sow – Matthew 13:23.
We reap in proportion to what we have sown – II Corinthians 9:6.
What are you planting? What kind of crop are you expecting?

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward