The Law of Sowing and Reaping
Why is the Law of Sowing an Reaping important to You?
Why talk about the Law of Sowing and Reaping?
Do Sowing and Reaping play a role in our modern lives at all?
Does it have anything at all to do with our modern day environment of computers, the internet and other technological advances?
Are sowing and reaping not only applicable to that small percentage of people who are farmers?
You see, this universal law has existed since time immemorial, and we can also read about in the Bible, where it is stated in the following manner, “Whatsoever a man soweth, that also shall he reap” (Gal 6: 7)
Think about it for a while. . . If you sow wheat what would you expect to harvest – peaches? Of course not - you’ll expect to harvest wheat!
Now then, if you sow negativity what would you expect to harvest – a wonderful life? Of course not – you’ll expect to harvest negative outcomes!
Only, we humans tend to forget this very simple law of nature, and we think we can go around complaining, groaning and being negative until things get better.
You know what – THEY NEVER WILL!! To the contrary, they’ll only get worse!
So start sowing that which you WANT TO reap.
Action - Reaction
Sir Isaac Newton put the application of the Law of Sowing and Reaping in another way and called it the third principle of motion, which states “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
It is really simple. You do something (that’s the Action), and something happens in response – a Reaction.
Action - You sow corn; Reaction – corn plants spring up.
Action – You care for someone; Reaction – they like you.
Action – You watch TV all day everyday; Reaction – you become rich.
Action – . . .
What? What do you mean “Hey, wait?”
Oh, you got that last one? So you were not falling asleep?
Then you know that it should really have been:Action – You watch TV all day everyday; Reaction – your life stagnates.
Action – You plan your life and work your plan; Reaction – you reach your goals.
Now there’s more to this Law of Sowing and Reaping, and here it is…
BEFORE you can REAP you MUST SOW!
It won’t just happen sort of automatically…
You can’t just say, “Oh, how I wish I had a block of corn to harvest” and have it magically materialise…
No! It doesn’t work that way!
It never has, and it NEVER WILL!
It wasn't DESIGNED that way by the Almighty.
You’ve got to DO YOUR PART to make it happen!! You’ve got to sow the seeds in order to be able to harvest.
There's a Time lag
Now here’s another point:
It doesn’t happen overnight!
So you’ve planted your seeds today, and tomorrow, before sunrise, you’re up - walking the land, searching for your harvest…
You know that’s a silly thing to do, right?
So why can’t you accept that there is a “time lag” for the fruits of your life’s harvest to grow to maturity also?
“But I don’t want a time lag”, you say, “I don’t like waiting for the things I want. When I want it, I want it NOW”.
Yes, don’t we all?
But that is not the way God designed things.
The farmer has to wait. The hen has to wait until the egg is ready before she lays it. And a woman must wait nine months for the baby inside her womb to grow to readiness.
And you know what? God ALWAYS knows best.
Yes, sometimes God will grant you your wishes quickly, but most of the time you must wait until God's time it right.
The benefits of waiting
Yes, benefits. No, really!
There are several reasons why it can be beneficial to wait, including:
- It gives you time to consider whether this is really what you want
- Sometimes your situation changes to such an extent that you don’t want or need it any longer
- It provides you the opportunity to really discuss this request with God and to find out whether it is His will for you
- It teaches you to really rely on God and trust Him
- It teaches you the virtue of patience
- and there are probably more…
You don't have to be perfect
If you read the parable of the sower in Mathew 13 / Mark 4 / Luke 8, you’ll notice that the sower didn’t do a perfect job.
- Some of the seeds fell in the road, where the birds got it
- Some of the seeds fell upon rocky places, where it grew, but it died early because it could not develop proper roots
- Some of the seeds fell among the weeds and thorns, where they were choked
- But some of it feel in good ground, where it could grow and produce a harvest.>
So you see, you have no need to be perfect. God has made you according to his perfect will, but we humans are not perfect in our actions (or desires and wishes).
You are bound to fall into negative thinking from time to time. You are bound to make mistakes from time to time.
But as long as you keep on sowing good seeds many of them are bound to land in good soil and produce a harvest for you.
That's how God designed the Law of Sowing and Reaping.
And what a harvest!!
The sower that we read about in the Bible eventually had his harvest, in spite of the seeds that fell in “wrong” places.
Go read it – the Bible teaches that the yield was thirty fold, sixty fold and even up to a hundred fold!!
Wow, a hundred fold!! Isn’t that worth working (and waiting) for?
Sure it is.
That’s the wonder of God’s perfect design.
Keep on sowing the good seeds, and you’ll be blessed with a harvest well worth waiting for.
The final lesson
There is one last point that we need to talk about, one last lesson to learn from the Law of Sowing and Reaping. And that lesson is…
You have got to fetch the harvest!
What will happen if the harvest is there, ready for the reaping, but the farmer doesn’t show up to take it in?
You know what will happen.
It will be wasted! The birds will eat it, and what the birds don’t get will just eventually fade away and die.
So, if you’ve sown your seed and God sends you a harvest, don’t hesitate!
Go out onto the land and reap the harvest that God has prepared for you.
Let's get a little more pracitcal here, shall we? By saying that if God sends you a harvest, what I'm implying is: When God gives you an opportunity, GRAB IT!
Then go home and thank God Almighty for his grace.
So how does this apply to YOUR life?
So what of all this sowing and reaping?
How does it apply to the lives of people who are not farmers (which is probably about 80% of the population)?
Here are a few things to consider about applying the Law of Sowing and Reaping to your life:
- Your thoughts are seeds, and the current conditions in your life are the harvest of those seeds
- Whatever you are reaping today is the result of what you have sown in the past
Don’t like what you have? Then change your thinking!!
If you want to have more good things in the future, then you have to sow more good seeds today. And tomorrow. And the day thereafter…
You have probably already heard this statement by Napoleon Hill, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe it can achieve.”
Think it. Pray about it. Sow the seeds for achieving it.
And keep on doing these things – thinking, praying and sowing, and one day you’ll walk up to the land and, behold! Your glorious harvest will be there, ready for the reaping.
Ex-president of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan, said it beautifully, “My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose - somehow we win out”.
And he was (almost) right. Somehow God makes us win out!
Thoughts are creative
Your thoughts are creative. Out of your thoughts are created the things around you. You create your entire world by the way you think.
That is why it is so terribly, utterly important that you THINK RIGHT.
Your thinking is the only thing in the universe that you have complete control over. But the good news is:
When you take control
over your THINKING
You take control over
ALL OTHER ASPECTS
Of your life!!!
The only limits to what you can achieve and accomplish in your life are the ones that you placed there by your own thinking.
So think and talk only about what you want, and refuse to think or talk about what you don’t want.
This is how you put the ultimate power of the Law of Sowing and Reaping to work in your life.
Success is a recipe
Success is neither a miracle nor a matter of luck.
Success is the result of applying the rules.
Sowing corn has certain rules. So does playing a football game.
And so does living your life successfully!
Everything happens for a reason, whether the thing that happens is good or bad, positive or negative.
When you are absolutely clear about what you want, you only need to follow the rules and success will eventually follow. Look at others who have been successful and copy them.
I remember when my dad first bought a farm. He was no farmer, didn’t grow up on a farm, so he didn’t have the know-how. But he asked the neighbours what to do, why to do it, when to do it and how to do it. And you know what? At the end of the first year he had a harvest!
You don’t have to re-design the wheel. Follow in the footsteps of people who have done what you want to do and who were successful.
This is what the Law of Sowing and Reaping teaches us, and it has a close relative,
the Law of Attraction.
See also How to set Goals successfully