There’s an old story of a Christian doing visitation in a prison. When he noticed a prisoner working on a project the evangelist stopped and asked the convict what he was doing. The prisoner replied “reaping.” The Scripture teaches us a universal life principle called sowing and reaping. If we sow tomato seeds in our garden we get tomatoes, if we sow green bean plant seeds we get green beans. This is basic. Yet in our lives we act like this is not the case. We sow dishonesty and are stunned when people refuse to trust us. We sow laziness and are angry when we end up unemployed. This behavior would be like a gardner sowing weeds and expecting potatoes. It’s not going to happen. Sometimes I love to reap. I watch my children embrace my values. I watch someone I’ve loved accept Christ as their Savior. I marvel at the growth of a church that we sacrificed to start. But other times reaping is unpleasant. I put on weight from poor eating habits. I make monthly payments on debt I’ve run up. Reaping–it all depends on what we’ve sown.
Under His Mercy,
Derek Dickinson, Minister