Life Invested

Life Invested

Words of Faith 7-12-19

Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2019

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Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL

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Galatians 6

   [7] Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.   [8] 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. 

 

       I love the way that the Message Bible renders this text: Don't be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God! — harvests a crop of weeds. All he'll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God's Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.

       Most commentators apply this passage to the use of money since the previous verse seems to set a context of money and its use.  Money certainly is a critical application of this immutable, or unchanging, law of God.

       If a man spends his money on what gratifies his fleshly nature, he will reap a fleshly harvest.  Planting corn results in a harvest of corn, and nothing else.  Since the flesh is mortal and will one day pass away, the harvest will pass away also! If a man uses his money to promote the life of the Spirit and to feed his Spiritual nature, the resulting yield will remain.  It is eternal.  This is immutable truth.

       But the application is really much broader than just money.  The seed of which Paul speaks here is that of all life, energy and time.  If a person sows energy, time, and the force of life toward pleasing his sinful nature, he will reap a harvest that leads to destruction.  That is not figurative either.  This is an inescapable reality.

      On the other hand, if a person sows energy, time and the force of life toward the Spirit seeking to please the Spirit and walk in step with the Spirit, the results are eternal and life-giving.

       The question here is, How am I spending my life?  How am I investing my energy, time, life-force, and money?  Each sower decides what his harvest will be.  Though we may fool ourselves by rationalization, denial, or excuse-- God cannot be fooled.  He is not mocked. One cannot turn his nose up at God, as the Greek literally describes.

 

       Father God, help me to come clean with You about the way that I am investing in my life.  Show me how to sow after the Spirit rather than after my sinful nature.  Teach me how to recognize and invest in those things that are eternal and life-giving.  In Jesus' Name. 

 

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