The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 79

“A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Gal. 6:7, emphasis mine).

Everybody knows that ‘you only reap what you sow’. You don’t get potatoes from sowing tomato seeds, or grapes from pomegranates. Isn’t it strange then that what we accept without any question in relation to the cultivation of land we so easily forget in relation to the cultivation of our hearts?

Jesus used examples from nature to help his hearers understand the spiritual principles that he was teaching. The law of sowing and reaping is one such principle. When properly understood, it will enable us to confront many of the issues in our lives for which we are still seeking ‘divine intervention’. You see, this principle puts the responsibility for many of our problems squarely upon our own shoulders.

Our thoughts are like seeds, stored in the storehouse of the mind. Our hearts are like the field in which they are to be planted, to grow and bear fruit ‘according to their kind’. Seeds of hope and joy will produce optimism and enthusiasm as fruit in our lives. But seeds of fear and doubt, jealousy, bitterness and the like will produce unpleasant fruit, like pessimism and insecurity.

Look around you for the proof of this principle. There are people who remain forgiving, patient and encouraging, who get ‘on top’ of difficult circumstances quickly. And there are others who always have a sour outlook, a gloomy and despondent attitude. Some are hoping that the seeds they have sown will not spring up. Nevertheless, all of us are surely faced with the job of pulling out weeds!

It all starts with our minds. To ‘have the mind of Christ’ is to take control of our thoughts, just as Christ did in obedience to the Father’s will.

The mind is like a gateway into our hearts. It is in the mind that the decision is made as to which thoughts (seeds) will be sown and which will be discarded. The heart is a fertile piece of property, waiting to faithfully reproduce according to the thoughts (seed) that have been sown. Once the seed is sown in the heart then a ‘heart attitude’ (or nature) is developed, and our responses come out of this attitude as habit patterns. These manifested patterns are the fruit of our hearts. That is why the Bible warns, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life”(Prov.4: 23). Watch what thoughts you entertain. They run your life!

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