“Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.”
Depending on where you stand with God in this life, this verse can either be intimidating or liberating. Regardless of how it speaks to us all, the main thing I want to focus on is our motives.
You see, on the outside, it can be easy to try and manipulate people into believing you are a good person with good intentions, but God knows our hearts. It can be easy to do all the correct religious deeds that make you look (and feel) holier than the next. It is easy to put on a “godly” perfume to mask the religious stink in your heart, but God knows.
1 – Stop putting on an act and plant seeds of righteousness
God is our righteousness. Because of Jesus, we are redeemed, BUT we should still be doing our absolute best to live a life above reproach… Not FOR His love, but BECAUSE of His love… When temptation comes, we should turn from them because of what Christ did for us. We should turn from temptation because we want NOTHING to do with anything that could weaken our connection to God. Although Jesus died for our sins and offer us complete wholeness with God, that does not mean we can live in sin without it hindering our connection with God.
2 – There is freedom in knowing what you plant, He will grow into a greater harvest
There is so much peace that comes from walking in His plan for our lives. Simple obedience to His ways and what He wants for us all. We can trust that His plans are better than our own. We can trust that there will be a day where we will stand before Him with our harvest here on earth. That harvest will either be something we are ashamed of because we did nothing but mock the grace of God, or that harvest will be something we are very proud of because we gave generously in every area of our life…
We should all yearn to hear, “well done good and faithful servant”…