Sunday, November 11, 2012
You Get Out What You Put In
2012 by scott
Galatians 6:7 “Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant"
Here is a verse that we see used over and over, especially when it comes around tithes and offering time.
There are many verses in the bible that seem to be pigeon-holed to certain topics.....
at the expense of missing the principle, or the bigger picture, within the text.
Sure, we can use this verse to refer to financial giving,..... but there is far more in this verse than just that!
If we place this verse in-between the 6 verses before it, and the 3 verses after it, we can start to see the context that this was written in.
Paul was writing to the church in Galatia about.... “what they are living for, and how what they live for” will determine the outcomes in their lives.
He was talking to them about 'how they are', and we can say, 'how we are,' responsible for our own conduct.
I am often amazed by the height of expectation people place on God.
The question I want to ask is, is our expectation of God larger then our relationship with God?
If we will always “harvest what we plant” or like some other bible translations say, “you will reap what you sow”, the level and depth of relationship we have with God, what we put in, will determine what we get out.
Many Christians feel let down by God when it is actually “their” relationship with God that is letting them down.
You see. the verses after this say......
“those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit”.
If you plant apple seeds you will get apple trees..... no matter “how much” you want oranges.
Before we can place expectation upon God to do His part, we must first build and strengthen our relationship with Him, and do our part, through living a life that pleases the Spirit. If you live according to the Spirit you will reap the rewards of the Spirit.
Let’s not focus our lives on what we expect from God,..... but on a good and healthy relationship with Him and let the expectations take care of themselves.
Bless you Scott