“This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come. ” –Mark 4:26-29
In order to reap what is sown, you must first sow, meaning plant a seed in fertile ground.
When you sow a seed of a particular plant, it will grow and produce more of it’s kind.
All along, you’re not sure how this happens because the hand of God is at work.
You go night and day scattering seeds, in hopes that it’ll take root and grow.
(meaning…planting good seeds in expectancy)
A little at a time, this growing happens until it reaches full maturity.
(meaning…until the work that Christ has started in you is perfected and completed)
You will reap the harvest of whatever you’ve sown.
(the sickle is in Christ’s hands, meaning…He calls you home and you reap the harvest of everything you’ve sown)
The Word of God is the Seed.
The Word of God is the seed that is planted in your heart. If your heart receives it, then it is good soil. The seed will grow and bear much fruit and this is the fruit of the Spirit.
But, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23 para-phased)
From this good fruit, seeds are sown into others and continues to multiply; producing more fruit.
“Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so.” Genesis 1:11
A seed can only bear fruit of it’s kind.
An apple tree can’t produce peaches and planting an okra seed won’t produce tulips.
Whatever type of seed you sow, expect that type of fruit to grow.
Sowing and reaping works both ways, positively and negatively.
The bible tells us, “you will reap what you sow.” It doesn’t specify good or bad. It literally means both; either, or…
• Sow a bad seed you will reap it’s harvest.
○ Hate, bitterness, disobedience, conflict, strife, murder, lies and deceit; trickery, gossiping, such as, spreading rumors about others; bad-mouthing, cheating, stealing, and evil indulgence of the flesh.
All these seeds are sin; works of the flesh. Sowing them leads to the reaping of the harvest, that is death.
• Sow a good seed, you will reap it’s harvest.
○ Love, patience, kindness, faithfulness, forgiveness, mercy, loyalty, honesty, righteousness, trustworthiness, cheerfully giving, practicing good stewardship and building true relationships.
All these things are good seeds; works of the Spirit and sowing them leads to the reaping of it’s harvest. Which is everlasting life.
The point is this: Whosoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. –2 Corinthians 9:6
You will get out of it whatever you put into it.
Sparingly means, “lightly” or “very little”
• If you put very little time and effort into it, don’t expect to get a lot out of it.
Bountiful means, “plenty”
• If you put a lot of time and effort into it, expect to get back in return, all that you put into it.
A harvest can not be prevented if you nurture whatever it is you’ve sown.