You Reap What You Sow
by Dr Gregory Magruder | September 1, 2019
Gregory Magruder Parkview Baptist Church Gainesville, FL 09-01-19
You Reap What You Sow
INTRODUCTION: By any definition, growth is a miracle. A single dormant seed mysteriously springs to life and with proper nurture produces a bountiful harvest. But what we plant is important. “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow” (Galatians 6:7 NRSV).
The seeds we plant determine the harvest we reap. Christians can develop (grow) in their spiritual life. There are three good seeds we can plant so we can GROW in our Christian life. The Lord causes these seeds to GROW.
SOW SEEDS OF WORSHIP.
*We can sow seeds of the flesh or we can sow seeds of the Spirit. Worship is focusing everything we do to please and honor God. “If you plant in the field of your natural desires, from it you will gather the harvest of death; if you plant in the field of the Spirit, from the Spirit you will gather the harvest of eternal life” (Galatians 6:8 GNT).
*God deserves our PRAISE. “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6 NIV).
*God chooses to DWELL where He is praised. “Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel (Psalm 22:3 ESV).
*The Lord rewards those who earnestly desire to KNOW Him. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6 NIV).
*We can GROW through worship. God rewards our worship.
SOW SEEDS OF WITNESS.
*Jesus said every one of His FOLLOWERS would be a witness. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8 NIV).
*A witness gives a personal TESTIMONY about what he or she has seen or heard or experienced. “The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:2-3 NIV).
*The Lord gives SUCCESS to those who tell others about Him. “So let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest” (Galatians 6:9 GNT).
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:10-11 NIV).
We can GROW through our witness. God rewards our witness.
SOW SEEDS OF WORK.
*Labor is necessary for success and GROWTH. “Lazy people want much but get little, while the diligent are prospering” (Prov. 13:4 TLB).
“Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically”
(Romans 12:11 TLB).
*God’s work requires WORKERS. Jesus said to his disciples:
"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field”
(Matthew. 9:37-38 NIV).
*God honors our EFFORTS for Him. “So then, as often as we have the chance, we should do good to everyone, and especially to those who belong to our family in the faith” (Galatians 6:10 GNT).
“Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
*The best work is TEAMWORK. Paul wrote: “God is important because he is the one who makes things grow. Apollos and I are working as a team with the same aim, though each of us will be rewarded for his own hard work. We are only God’s coworkers” (1 Corinthians 3:7-9 TLB).
We can GROW through our work for the Lord. God rewards our work.