Part of being a Christian is learning how much you've been deceived. Thank God for the Scriptures and those faithful to study them. But we are deceiving ourselves if we do not think we reap what we sow.
Once we come to the knowledge of the truth, we begin to search for the way God wants us to live. Man-made rituals have done nothing more than swell our brethren with self-righteous pride and divide us. What must be done to align us with the life that Christ would have us to live?
We should want to be a blessing to our brethren. There are certain principles in the Scriptures that teach us how life is about reaping what you sow, The Law of the Harvest.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Deception is running rampant in our world today. It comes in so many shapes and sizes; just how much do you want to be deceived?! The easier question might be: In what way are our people not being deceived?! One of the more subtle ways is in regards to the Spirit of God.
We're taught that thru external rules and regulations we can become more 'spiritual.' Yet an Israelite has no need to become more spiritual, we are spirits, with Adamic bodies. Therefore the struggle is not between you and implementing the right judeochristian rituals, but between your flesh and the Spirit of God within you.
What the Apostle Paul is referring to here is The Law of the Harvest, also referred to by some as The Law of Attraction. Some call it karma, others 'what goes around comes around'- call it what you will, it's all similar to what Paul speaks of here. To deny what the Scriptures teach on this is a futile attempt at mocking God. We must therefore learn and apply this in order to better recognize and determine what our future harvests will be.
WHAT YOU THINK, SAY, AND DO DETERMINES WHAT WILL COME INTO YOUR LIFE LATER ON. It makes perfect sense that whatever 'seed' you sow is going to come up with certain results or consequences. Whatever words, deeds, or efforts we put forth, deliberately or not, will accomplish something and bring an eventual harvest. The question is what kind of harvest do you want? For what we receive in life are harvests which come from how we live.
We should want good results in and from our Christian lives. God does not draw us up close to His side to add more difficulty but to lighten the load, He said, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." Yet so many of our people still seem so defeated, worn out, and beaten down. This thing of sowing and reaping might give us some insight into how to turn this around.
We must give more time and attention to the things of God- that's a part of our sowing. We sow way too many unnecessary thoughts in our minds. We allow our minds to be filled with the news, nonsense, and worry about things that never happen. Where are the seeds of faith, hope, and love? We must recognize that whatever uninvited circumstance or event which transpires in our lives may very well be an indirect or direct result of the seed we've sown. Living in the Spirit needs to become a priority.
Unfortunately, we as a people are reaping corruption because of all of the lust and fear that God's enemies have brought into our society. The whole multicultural agenda, which is set to undermine white Christianity, has permeated so deeply into the hearts and minds of our people, that there is little spiritual fruit or results to be seen. All we can do is repent of a life of carelessly sowing to the flesh and learn the ways of deliberately sowing to the Spirit of God.
The more we lean upon men and the answers they can bring, the more we're sowing to the flesh, shutting out the Spirit of God. Obviously trying to sow to the flesh and the Spirit simultaneously, is no more effective than trying to serve two masters, God and mammon, as Christ taught. Therefore, when we sow to the flesh we're in effect saying, "No thanks God, we got this covered." While all along we will eventually reap corruption.
Your spirit and your flesh are in opposition and one is always in subjection to the other. We must make the decision to follow Christ. Following Christ requires a conscious effort. Sowing to the flesh is natural and comes easy to us because it's all we've known ourselves or seen from others for the most part. Yet once we come to Christ, we become conscious that His Spirit dwells within us and we now have a far more superior option of how we want to live our lives. Therefore, you must allow the Spirit within you to put your flesh under subjection.
We've been taught there are only certain moments or settings when we are to be more 'spiritual.' Yet we never see this spontaneous or 'episodic spirituality' taught or exhibited by Christ or any of His Apostles. We don't see them coming into a certain building and suddenly 'getting in the spirit.' We see them walking along and suddenly their shadows healed people. Therefore, we must discover and begin to practice what it means to sow to the Spirit.
Notice not only the seed (fleshly or spiritual) but also what you sow into and reap from. We are busy, but what are we accomplishing with our lives? Our people raise their children on the philosophy: "Whatever keeps them out of trouble." Our motivation in how we raise our children ought not to be based on just avoiding negative circumstances. Christians have far too long been on the defensive. It's time we as the sons of God begin to make spiritual progress, by learning how to live the kind of life thru which God can produce supernatural results.
1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
What is it that we must "Humble...in the sight of God"? It is our flesh. How does He lift us up? By the indwelling power of the Spirit of God. None of our external, fleshly sowing is going to result in the kind of harvest God's people crave. We are deceiving ourselves if we think we can neglect our Spirit, sow to the flesh, and reap God's blessings. Whatever you sow is what you're going to reap. Therefore, humble your outer fleshly man and let God produce the spiritual man of faith that's been hidden in you all along.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
When we see all the turmoil in our race today, it can begin to wear on those who are actually making the effort to reach out, maybe to the point of saying, "What's the use?" Yet we must never become "weary" in performing the work of the Gospel. For Paul says if we will continue to sow the good seed of the Spirit "in due season we shall reap"! Don't rely upon your fleshly senses to determine your motivation to sow. There will always be excuses, but we must keep looking forward to the harvest!
For one to be involved in the well-doing of sowing good seed and then to suddenly quit, is to say that The Law of the Harvest isn't true. Yet God is not mocked, because it is true. Keep sowing good seed in whatever Christ has you doing and "in due season" harvest time will come. Remember, even after the plowing is over and the seed has been sown, there are times of "rain" before God brings the increase (James 5:7). Don't think just because the results aren't produced when you want them to that it's not going to happen; God knows just when to bring it. Our part is to believe in and trust in Him with no worries and doubts, waiting on Him to bring the increase. A KEY TO REAPING A GOOD HARVEST IS TO NOT GIVE UP.
You may be wondering, "Well how do we sow this spiritual seed?" Paul answers that in one word- "opportunity." Whenever you have an opportunity to be a blessing or help one of your white brothers or sisters, you make the most of that opportunity. The more we help one another, the stronger "the household of faith" becomes.
We should want to do good to our brethren, even those that don't agree with us. How will we ever win them to the truth if we're not willing to reach out in love? Getting out the message of Christ and living by faith is more important than any divisions or petty disagreements we may have with a fellow white. We are to pray for them and think the best of them, seeing what they can become for Christ beyond what we see in the flesh. Whenever we sow love into the life of another, we should expect love in return, whether it be from them or someone else.
There's no magic formula to living for Christ. Just know it's like sowing seed: what you sow is what you'll get later on. What pleases God is for us to sow to the Spirit which requires faith toward God and care for others. If we'll be faithful day in and day out to sow to the Spirit, at just the right time, God will bring the increase!
You determine your own harvest by what you sow. If you sow worry then you'll get what you worried about or the equivalent. If you sow lust then you'll end up in sexual corruption. Whatever you sow is what you'll get back.
On the same token, if you sow love, then you'll get love in return. If you sow mercy, then you will get mercy back. If you sow faith then God will reward you. One way or another, our lives are about sowing and reaping. May God's Spirit guide you to your greatest harvest yet.