Why would I say this may be the most important lesson we can learn? Mostly because this is something we don’t want to believe is for us. We live in a instant gratification world. Patience is not our strong suite. Yet, God’s spiritual laws — His Word — doesn’t change because it doesn’t fit our lifestyles.
What is perhaps the most important lesson to learn? “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” (Galatians 6:7–8). What is the lesson? Whatever we sow, that will we reap.
I can’t emphasize enough how important that spiritual law is. Seedtime and harvest is the way of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus said concerning seedtime and harvest, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God” and “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables” (Mark 4:11, 13). Think about that and let it sink in. Jesus is saying that this is how the Kingdom of God operates and if we don’t understand this parable of seedtime and harvest, how will we understand any parable that He teaches.
We read in Galatians, “Do not be deceive.” Yet, where the Bible says not to be deceived is the very place we become deceived the most. God saying,“Do not be deceived” is like a school teacher saying, “You will see this on the test.” Still, how many times do we ignore the warning and just do whatever we want without a concern about what the word of God says.
Read Proverbs the first chapter and find out the end of the foolish:
“Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
Because they hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the LORD,
They would have none of my counsel
And despised my every rebuke.
Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way,
And be filled to the full with their own fancies.
For the turning away of the simple will slay them,
And the complacency of fools will destroy them;
But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil” (Proverbs 1:28–33)
It’s not a pretty end! We become our worst enemy. We become the cause of most of our problems, because we’re reaping what we’ve sown.
Study carefully Mark chapter four and listen to what Jesus says about sowing and reaping. Take note that:
- Satan comes to steal the Word from your heart. You’re not what’s important to him.
- This parable is key to all other parables.
- Everyone received the Word and had the potential to grow a good crop from what they heard. It’s not that the Word wouldn’t work, it was the condition of the soil (a persons heart) that made the difference.
- The different hearts are:
- A wayward heart that will not accept the Word.
- A stony heart that accepts the Word until things don’t go the comfortably, then they are offended and quit.
- A thorny heart that is more concerned about the things of this life and the Word cannot grow.
- And a good heart that, “Hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirty fold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
Why is this lesson so important? Because everything we sow in our life today is tomorrow’s fruit.
Stay strong and prepared!