Friday, 21 February 2014

What We Sow We Reap

What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.

9-10 So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith. Galatians 6:7b-10

The Message

In my years of counseling I have talked with many couples who would describe their marriage as being a patch of weeds rather than a rose garden.  Which reminds me of that old song “I never promised you a rose garden.”, but I digress.

As we begin to talk about what brought them to counseling I hear an all too familiar theme, “If only he…”, “If she didn’t always…”.  The theme boils down to selfishness and according to today’s verse the “person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others – ignoring God!- harvests a crop of weeds”.  There you have it, the law of sowing and reaping.

Invariably what comes out of the mouths of the people I counsel is that they could be happy if only their needs were met; their expectations were fulfilled; they could be happy; their desires were considered; etc. At our core we are all self-centered, some just keep it in check better than others.

So if I am basically selfish being concerned primarily that I am fulfilled, more interested in my needs and ignoring the needs of my spouse, then I can expect a marriage filled with weeds.  This verse makes it sound as though when I ignore the needs of others I am also ignoring God.

So it would seem that if I were to focus on the needs of others, doing good to others, I can expect that God in turn will produce in me and through me a “good crop”, a harvest of a full life.

You don’t have to be a horticulturalist to know that if we want a rose garden for a marriage we need to plant roses.

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