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Sowing and Reaping

Don’t be deceived; God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap.
Galatians 6:7

A few years ago one our neighbors decided to give his lawn a “makeover.” His first task was to seed his lawn with Centipede grass.  He wanted thick, green grass, so he really put out the seeds.
It wasn’t long until little green things began to shoot up in Dave’s yard. Much to Dave’s surprise, he had a thick crop of turnip greens. The man at the seed store had sold Dave turnip seeds instead of Centipede seeds. They are similar in appearance.
Well, the turnip greens had to come out, so Dave had his three teenage children out pulling them up. They were so humiliated. “What if our friends drive by and see us doing this?” they exclaimed.
Dave and his wife were really teased about his turnip field.  “What are you having for dinner tonight Dave, turnip casserole?” friends would ask. “What are you bringing to the covered dish dinner at church Sunday night, turnip soufflé?” Dave would always reply, “I reaped what I sowed.”
Yes, as Paul says in our passage for today, a man will reap what he sows. Dave’s reaping was accidental.  All of us have reaped some “wrong seeds” in our life. Some of this reaping may have been accidental. However, much of our “bad reaping” comes from the bad habits we have not learned to control.
This usually comes when we allow our fellowship with God to grow cold. We become indifferent to spiritual matters. We give in to sin. We suffer the results.

If you are living in habitual sin and reaping its results, it is imperative that you confess this to the Lord (1 John 1:9). Only He can give you full restoration and blessings. Only God can give you peace and the power to live through your time of reaping.

Georgia Andrus

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