What Will We Reap?

We reap what we sow.

It’s a biblical concept, but one that differs from its dysfunctional cousin, “We get what we deserve.”

This morning, let’s ask ourselves what we’re sowing.

Are you sowing God’s seed in your own life?

Are you investing in the leadership growth of others?

Are you working intentionally toward the goals you have for yourself and the church?

Are you giving sermon preparation the care it warrants?

Are you helping lead people who aren’t in Christ to faith in Christ?

Are you spending time with hurting people so your heart remains soft?

Are you focusing your leadership on health and maturity first and then growth?

These sorts of questions can make us feel inadequate, but they don’t have to. They can help us see what we are sowing, and give us a better sense of what to expect. It is really helpful to know what is being sown.

ANOTHER EXERCISE

If the questions above don’t fit for you, try spending twenty minutes writing down things you are sowing. For instance, you might write, “I’m purifying my thought world to honor God and prepare myself for marriage.” Or, you might say, “I’m getting my financial house in order so I can be more generous toward the church and others.”

There is great power in an “ing.” -Ing words mean it’s already taking place. -Ing words tell us what we’re sowing. Head into this week ready to sow things that want to reap. To say we reap what we sow doesn’t have to scare us. It can inspire us to want to sow differently, or affirm what we are already sowing. We must pay attention to this, because we will reap what we sow.

What are you sowing?

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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