“Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will, from the Spirit, reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:18).
You will reap what you sow. This language may be unfamiliar to you since we didn’t raise you on a farm in the country. Let me explain. Every year, farmers sow seeds into their fields. If they plant corn seeds, then at harvest time they will have corn (barring a terrible drought). If they sow seeds for wheat, then they will reap wheat. What you put into something is what you will get out of it.
What do you invest your time and energy into? If you do your homework, then you should get a good grade. If you spend your days watching TV instead of doing your homework, then you probably won’t get a good grade. If you play video games, then you will become good at video games (but what value is there in that?). If you spend hours playing the guitar each week, then you will be able to play the guitar better. This principle applies especially to your spiritual journey. If you invest your time into reading Scripture, then you will become more knowledgeable about Scripture. If you pray every day, then you will become better at praying and opening yourself up to hear God’s voice. If you focus your attention on things that are pure, then you will reap pure thoughts. If, on the other hand, you invest your time into watching pornography, then you will reap a life of perversion. If you wake up late every day and neglect the disciplines, then you will reap a life of laziness. If you focus your energy on just making money, then you will reap a life of greed. What you sow is what you will reap.
Sometimes people I encounter are surprised that their life is a spiritual and emotional train-wreck. They are surprised when they find themselves eating out of a pig-trough, even though they were the ones that turned their back on the Father and spent their inheritance on sinful living. They are surprised when God feels distant after sowing years of watching TV rather than praying. They are surprised that they always feel anxious, when in reality they are constantly busy and never take the time to rest on the Sabbath. Why are people so surprised when they finally get what they’ve been investing their lives into? We must not be a people who are surprised, but a people who own up to our sin and zealously repent. Repentance means that we stop sowing into sin, and start sowing into the Spirit. Give, pray, fast, meditate, read Scripture, spend time in adoration, and practice other such disciplines. The disciplines of the faith are good ways you can start sowing in the Spirit.
This is my appeal to you my son: sow in the Spirit! Draw near to God and he will draw near to you (James 4:8). My hope is that you will live a life filled with love, joy, peace, and all of the fruit of the Spirit. Now is the time for you to plant seeds of the Spirit so that you may enjoy a fruit-filled life.