Verse of the Day Devotion: Galatians 6:7
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” – Galatians 6:7
This verse is often called “The rule of sowing and reaping”, basically a farming analogy. Paul uses this idea several times in his writings. First, we see it in his second letter to the Church in Corinth. “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” 2 Corinthians 9:6. This is probably the more prevalent verse regarding sowing and reaping, and the one I have heard more often than any other. The basic idea here is if you sow one acre of corn, you will reap one acre of corn. Not two or three acres, but one. If you want to reap three acres of corn you need to sow three acres of corn. This verse is used, and rightfully so, to say that the more you give the more you will get. “If there is a poor man with you, one of your brothers, in any of your towns in your land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand from your poor brother; You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings.” Deuteronomy 15:7, 10.
However, our focus verse is not speaking of amounts but crops. The idea here is that you will reap what you sow, not the amount you sow. For instance, if you sow wheat, you will not reap barley, you will reap wheat. If you want to harvest beans, you do not sow cauliflower, but beans. Whatever a farmer sows is exactly what he will reap.
Look at verse eight. “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:8. What Paul is saying here is if what we sow in regards to our life style, be it righteousness or sinfulness, we will reap accordingly. If we sow to the indulgences of fleshly desires, we will reap corruption. And this corruption will not lead to eternal life. However, if we sow to the Spirit, meaning we live a life in the Spirit and not in the flesh, we will reap eternal life.
Now, the first part of our focus verse says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked.” Galatians 6:7a. The idea here is that we are not to be fooled into thinking we can expect eternal life if we sow to our flesh. We cannot fool God in any way. Also, we should not be deceived regarding our own character. Theologian Albert Barnes puts it this way. “It implies that there was danger that they would be deceived in reference to their character. The sources of the danger were the corruption of their own hearts, the difficulty of knowing their true character, the instructions of false teachers, etc.” It is so important that we look at ourselves with honesty and integrity. If we see issues, then we need to address those issues. We must not think we can get away with deceiving God.
In conclusion, we must realize the idea of the rule of sowing and reaping is a particularly important point in our Christian walk. If we sow to our flesh, we will reap corruption. If we sow to the Spirit, we will reap eternal life. There are no other options. Just as only sowing corn will result in only reaping corn, sowing to the flesh will result in only reaping corruption and sowing to the Spirit will result in only reaping eternal life. Do not be deceived into thinking anything else is possible.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.