7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Galatians 6:7-10 (NIV)
This must be among the most repeated law in the Bible. I call this the natural law because it works at all times and for all people regardless of personal beliefs, race, culture and environment. This law is commonly known as The Law Of Sowing And Reaping.
The following are the characteristics of natural law:
1. It always works on you regardless of your faith in it.
2. It is neutral because it does not know the difference between good or evil.
So, if you use it for good, it will bring good into your life. If you use it for evil, it will bring evil into your life. The difference between those who believe in it and those who don’t is in their applications.
Those who believe in the existence of this law will tend to use it for their good. They will constantly sow the things the desire like health, wealth and success. As a result, they will reap the harvest of health, wealth and success in their lives.
In contrast, those who do not believe in this law will not bother to watch what they sow. Whenever they were influenced by the world around them, they will sow seeds of poverty, sickness and failures into their lives. As a result, they receive the harvest in kind.
This law is no longer a speculation. We can see its effect all around us.
Verse 7 begins by telling us not to be deceived because God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. This means anyone who denies the Law Of Sowing And Reaping is effectively mocking God. This is what the Bible says. Looks like God places a very heavy emphasis on this law. Logically, one will expect many churches to preach it.
Ironically, they don’t. Most churches would rather be deceived by the lies of theology than to believe in the truth of the Bible. The minority of churches who dare preach on this law are persecuted with labels like “prosperity gospel” as though it is not a part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In fact, this is my way of screening out true churches. When I evaluate whether a certain church is a true church or a counterfeit, I always ask this question, “Has this church been accused of preaching the prosperity gospel?”
If the answer is “yes”, then there is a probability that this is a true church because it dares to please God despite the persecution. If the answer is “no”, then I can be sure that this is just another counterfeit that seek to please men rather than God. I will not waste time going there.
Verse 8 tells us that this law works both for the flesh and the Spirit. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. It does not tell us whether we should sow to please the flesh or the Spirit because God assumes that we have enough common sense to choose eternal life, not destruction.
You can see similar patterns in the Bible. In many verses, God does not tell us what to do. He only gives us the result of certain actions. For example, he tells us that if we are greedy we will be poor but if we are generous, we will be rich. He does not tell us to be generous and not greedy. Why is that so? It must be in God’s personal opinion that we have the common sense to choose only the good things in life. He knows we will definitely choose to be rich and not poor. Since we want to be rich, we will want to be generous and not be greedy.
Therefore in Verse 8, God is appealing to our common sense to sow to please the Spirit because the benefits are great.
Verse 9 in an exhortation to us on not giving up. Read the verse again:
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
It begins by telling us not become weary in doing good. Why did he say that? The only logical reason is, not all our good works will produce good results immediately. If you have been living in the real world long enough, you must have realize that you can’t always see the desired results of doing good works. There were even times when we receive bad results from doing good works.
This is the problem Verse 9 is addressing. It basically says that we should not give up doing good just because we cannot see the desired results at this moment. Why? The second part of this verse says, “for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
The harvest will come at its proper time if we do not give up. Just because we cannot see our harvests, it does not mean that they don’t exist. God is working behind the scenes right now to prepare our harvests. Our roles as the recipients are to believe in his faithfulness, keep sowing our seeds and don’t give up. As long as we can hold our grounds, God guarantees us our harvests.
Once, we are convinced of this, we should do as Verse 10 says, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Look for opportunities to do good because when we do good, we are sowing good seeds. We will reap good harvests. Someone may ask, “What is good and what is not?” The answer is simple. You decide. What are the things that you consider as good that you want?
Do you think having a lot of money is good? If you do, start by sowing seeds of money by giving money to those in need.
Do you think having good health is good? If you do, start by sowing seeds of health by helping the sick people to gain health.
What are the other good things that you want to have? Sow in kind by giving to others. God guarantees that you will reap harvests in kind.
This is what I like about the God of the Bible after I have discovered his true nature. God is not a ruthless dictator who blackmails us into behaving like mindless drones who will obey all his instructions without question, as propagated by the theology infested churches. That is theology, a lie from the pit of hell.
The truth is, the God of the Bible values our individual freedom. He gives up the choice to choose what we want. He only provides the tools for us to get what we want. The Law Of Sowing And Reaping is just a tool for us to use. He hopes that we can use it wisely.