The Law of Sowing and Reaping

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The Law of Sowing and Reaping is crucial.  Without this law, there would be no world as we know it.  

Another month and still we are looking at the 4th chapter of the book of Mark.  Why?  Because Jesus, himself says in Mark 4:13…

13 And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?

Mark 4:13 NKJV

Mark 4 is a chapter that explains the principles of the kingdom of heaven.  If you want to prosper in life this chapter is a good starting point!  As we continue to look at this chapter, I want us to think about the laws that govern our world. 

If you haven’t read any of the post from last month, I would encourage you to check out this post on how The Word is the Seed.

Our Text

26 And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.

28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

29 But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

Mark 4:26-29 KJV

Natural Laws & Spiritual Laws

Do you remember sitting in science class in high school thinking, “How does this apply to my life?”  Maybe you were learning about Newton’s laws of motion or Einstein’s theory of relativity.  Maybe you were learning about chemical reactions or studying the life cycle of butterflies.  

Regardless, many times we wondered how these things we were learning applied to our everyday life.  (Maybe we still do…haha)

These laws and theories we learned in school – although named after their discoverer – were built by God the creator of that law or theory that we hold to be true. 

Many laws that we see in operation in the physical world carry over into the spiritual world. 

God many times will use the physical world to foreshadow or compare the spiritual world (Heb. 10:1). 

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV

The Law of Sowing and Reaping

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Galatians 6:7 KJV

38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Luke 6:38 KJV

These scriptures are outlining the law of sowing and reaping.  We see this law in the natural. What happens when a farmer plants a seed?  He doesn’t just receive one tomato.  He receives a tomato plant producing… “some 30 fold, some 60 fold, and some 100.” (Mark 4:20).  

This is the same thing that happens with the Word of God!

Know the Rules

Every law in the earth has rules associated with it.  The rules depend upon the law.  If we are talking about gravity, when I drop an object it will always move toward the earth.  That’s the cause and effect.  I let go – it falls toward the earth. 

Now.  Apply that to the Word of God.  Specifically let’s think about the Law of Sowing and Reaping. 

The Cause: Sowing

In order for you to reap you have to first sow.  We get that, but sow what?  Well Jesus specifically answered that question here. 

14 The sower soweth the word.

Mark 4:14 KJV

If we want to reap the harvest God has for us, we have to sow the Word. But how do we sow the Word?  You sow the word by speaking the word and then hearing that same word you spoke.  

20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Proverbs 18:20-21 KJV

It is the mouth that sows the seed.  It is the heart hearing that seed that will receive the seed and have it planted down in your heart.  

The Effect: Reaping

Now just like gravity or any other law.  Once you have found out what causes it, you can reap the rewards of it.  Now here is the power of the Bible.  You learn the laws that govern the physical and spiritual world and use those to walk in prosperity. 

If I want the object to fall, I have to know to let go.  

In the same way, if I want to be blessed and receive a harvest, I must first sow seed.  

28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

Mark 4:28 KJV

What is God saying?  

This law works for everyone.  Regardless of status.  Think again about gravity.  It doesn’t matter who or what you are.  Gravity is going to work regardless of wealth, status, if you’re a Christian, or anything else.  

The same applies for laws in the Bible. Returning to Galatians we see…

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Galatians 6:7-9 KJV

If you sow to the flesh, you reap from the flesh.  If you sow to the spirit, you reap life from the spirit.  That is the law.  

The Law of Sowing and Reaping is the Foundation

This law is the foundation of life here.  It is how we survive on this earth. The next time you start saying negative things, confessing you are a sinner or claiming you are sick remember this law.  God’s not mocked whatever you confess you will possess.  It is just as easy to say good things over your life as it is to say bad.  

Speak the Word of God over your situations and watch how God opens the windows of heaven and you reap a harvest 30, 60 and 100 fold.