do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. [galatians 6:7]
in the beginning, when God made the heavens and the earth, he made the first man a gardener:
The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. [genesis 2:15]
this was prior to sin entering the world–God implemented a cycle and a system for man–you plant, you work, you harvest and enjoy the bounty of God’s mercy and grace. For a short time, adam lived in peace with God, sowing, working and resting in the presence of God.
then in adam’s sin in refusing to lead, desiring to be God, eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, then trying to deceive and hide his sin from God, he sowed the seed of sin–and it grew into death.
then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. [james 1:15]
for as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. [romans 5:19]
and in adam’s sin, we sinned, with death and eternal separation from our Good Father as the curse.
God is not mocked, we cannot hide from him–just as he has set in place the immutable laws of nature–a seed must be planted for a plant to grow–he has set in place the immutable laws of our spirit–what we sow, we will reap.
for to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. [romans 8:6]
but to those who trust in Christ, God has given us all things!
he who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? [romans 8:32]
how could we not be good stewards of the time, money, family that he has given to us, how could we withhold from him what his rightfully his and hide, ashamed of him finding us out?
through Christ, God has made a way for us to enter into relationship with him again, where we can walk, free from deception and shame, in his presence, just as adam walked with him fully exposed.
enter into his presence, Christian, walk boldly, and in the power of his Holy Spirit, sow generously and reap abundantly God’s mercy and grace!
~ conor eastman