Reap WHAT you sow
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. Matthew 13:19
Have you ever heard the old saying you will reap what you sow? There is actually a scripture in Galatians that says: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:7) This scripture is not talking about planting a garden, it is about the things you do and say in life. It is explained in the very next verse in the 6th chapter of Galatians when it says: For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Today’s text is talking about the Word of God. God’s Word is a seed that is planted in the hearts of those who HEAR it. Jesus explained to His disciples that when the Word of God is planted in the heart of people, it can produce 4 different types of results. In the case where someone is hearing the Word but doesn’t understand it, then it is easy for the enemy to come and steal what was sown in that person’s heart. (that’s disturbing) Satan can steal what has been planted in your heart, which is the reason that Proverbs tells us to guard our heart. (See Proverbs 4)
Next Jesus said that the Word of God can be planted and received with joy, but when trouble comes, those will stumble because they have not reinforced their root system by abiding in that Word. Then He talked about the cares of life choking the Word and cutting off the flow of it in life because the cares and riches can steal your focus and smother the work God’s Word is doing.
Lastly, there is good ground to receive the Words of God and that is the place that God’s Word will thrive, grow up and produce a great harvest. The good ground has been prepared, cultivated and fertilized. It doesn’t have weeds and thorns (distractions). It is full of nutrients that are waiting to receive seed to grow it to maturity.
Today I want to encourage you to, first of all consider what you are planting in your heart. If words are seeds, whose words are you allowing to grow in the soil of your heart ? Is it the voice of the world with its bad news and current headlines? Is it the voice of social media with all the perfect and pretty pictures or is it the words of your past that haunt and grow up into shame and condemnation? If it is any of these, change the words you are listening to today and begin to fill up with God’s eternal and loving Words. God’s Words will encourage you; God’s Words will strengthen you and God’s Words will move you forward in the plan and purpose for your life. If you are already growing God’s Word in your heart, look around for someone you can help to prepare their heart’s soil and begin planting seeds of God’s love in them today. You will reap what you sow but thank goodness you can choose what to sow. Plant the Word of God in yourself and others today and soon you will see the harvest of His goodness wherever you go.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 13:10-23
10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive;
15For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their e yes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.’
16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;
17 for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower:
19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.
20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”