17 – You Reap What You Sow

Fifty common expressions that originated from the Bible that influence our language today.

You Reap What You Sow – “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Galatians 6:7-8). The principle of sowing and reaping is mentioned 83 times in the Bible.

This agricultural expression of sowing and reaping teaches that you reap what you sow, more than you sow and after you sow. Motivational speaker and wheelchair athlete, Art Berg said:

“As much as God loves his children, it is misplaced faith that asks him to prevent all pain in this life, especially the pain we created for ourselves. When we ask God to remove the natural consequences of our own behavior, we set ourselves up for disappointment and frustration. As a wise friend once said, “It is foolish to think you can sow your wild oats on Saturday and pray for crop failure on Sunday.”

There are two dangerous extremes when we use this principle as a:

  • Magic Potion – There is the danger of making the principles of “sowing and reaping” a magic potion that if we just say the right words or do the right things we can have everything we want and never have any problems. Thus, the catchphrase, “What I confess, I possess,” has become the “Abracadabra” of Health and Wealth movement.
  • Mystical Punishment – That somehow, Karma (a theological concept of reincarnation found in Buddhism and Hinduism), will somehow balance the books and everyone will get what he or she deserves, of course it may take several lifetimes to achieve it. There is a danger of Christians accepting this philosophy under the guise of “what goes around comes around” or the “cause and effect sequence.” Thank God, as believers we do not live under Karma, getting exactly what we deserve, but grace – God’s unmerited favour.
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