You Reap What You Sow – What The Bible Says & Meaning

This powerful saying has both positive and potentially negative meaning and as Christians we must do good in applying God's word in our lives.

“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.” – Hosea 10:12

One of the most frustrating feelings in the world is putting so much effort into something and then not getting anything in return. How often have you poured out your heart and soul only to find that all your work was for nothing? When it comes to doing God’s will, though, the problem usually lies not with our efforts, but with our hearts. We often sow extraordinary seeds, full of potential, only to walk away and wonder why they don’t produce fruit.

If we want to see results, we have to cultivate, we have to be patient, and perhaps most importantly, we have to reap. With such an abstract idea, let’s apply it to a real-life situation. Imagine this scenario: you have a good friend who is not saved, doesn’t go to church, and doesn’t know a whole lot about Jesus. You’ve been slowly piquing her interest over the years, and it’s to the point where she genuinely wants to learn more about God. Instead of inviting her to church or even talking to her yourself, though, you simply let that excitement fade away. You’ve sowed a seed, but you’re afraid to reap, and the crop ends up being destroyed.

That is an example of what happens when we refuse to reap what we sow, and it illustrates another key point: we can’t let our fears get in the way of doing the work of God. There are so many things that can keep us from reaping; maybe we’re afraid of that person’s reaction, or maybe we doubt that God can actually change them. Maybe we simply don’t want to leave our comfort zones. We have to realize that for every second we waste thinking about ourselves, the world grows further and further away from God.

Evangelism in our broken world may not be easy or comfortable, but it is exactly what we are called to do by Christ Himself. Psalm 126:5 says, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” The process might involve some frustration, some anxiety, and even some sorrow. But we have to have faith that nothing we do for the Lord is for nothing. He can and will use all that we do for His glory. He has given us all we need to spread the gospel and make Him known. Sometimes we need to stop worrying and start acting; when the time is ripe for harvest, we need to stop sitting around and start reaping. And finally, we must live by the words of Galatians 6:9: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

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