Friday, August 26, 2011

Sowing and Reaping

Sorry I have been a little blog absent lately. God has been working with me a lot lately so I have been pretty busy emotionally. That probably sounds  a little weird! But, I am not good at writing, even about the simplist things, when I have a lot going on in my little noggin!

This summer I did the most amazing Bible Study/Discipleship course I have ever been a part of.  Honestly, I have never learned so much about myself and God's plan for my life in such a short amount of time before! Ah-mazing stuff. And I am so grateful.

One thing that came up several times throughout the study and then again in lots of other random places was God's principle of sowing and reaping.

Galatians 6:7 says, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows."

And 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 says, "The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work."        

And the Bible mentions this concept several other times. I found this link helpful.

I had honestly mostly thought of this concept in very broad terms or in terms of money only. Do good things and good things will come back to you. Sowing and reaping was God's version of Karma in my mind.

But in my learning it has been brought to my attention that this is a specific promise. The thing we sow into is what we will get back. If I spend hours sewing into blogging I will not reap the harvest of having very well behaved children. Or if I sow my energies into saving money using Biblical principles I won't directly reap a harvest of having lots of Godly friends.

I am by no means saying that God cannot choose to bless us with whatever he wants despite the fact that we are not sowing into it. But, He has promised us that, that which we sow into we will also reap.

So, that got me thinking about two big things in my life.
1. What seeds am I currently sowing
2. What harvest am I looking to reep

To be honest, my lists did NOT match up very well. Although, I am looking to reap whatever harvest comes from spending hours looking at Pinterest brings in the very near future (silly, right?).

All of this to explain why I haven't been around much lately. God is really working on my heart. He is helping me try to figure out His priorities for my life and it is a PROCESS! I am trying to figure out how blogging, friendships, etc, lots of really fun things! But, how they all fit into my life. So that everything can be in its right place and I can spend my time sewing into the things that I want to reap.

And honestly, I am not even close to having things even kind of figured out yet. But, I do know for sure of one purpose that God has for my life and one part of my life I cannot afford to be constantly sewing into and that is this...
I am praying for myself and everyone that reads this James 1:22. That we will not merely be hearers of the word but doers of the word.
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1 comment:

  1. Katie, thanks for this post. Now I've got lots to think about, too :)