Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:8
Sowing is the process of planting a seed in order to reap a larger harvest in the future. It is taking something very small and planting it so that it will grow larger and bring in a greater investment.
Farmers are known for sowing seeds to grow various crops. In the business world, people sow money into the business to generate more business and more income. Investors tell people to sow into, put money in, some type of fund to increase their retirement earnings. These are some of the things that people sow into in order to have more later on.
People also sow into other things that are not always the best. They focus their lives on sinful things. They try to please themselves with the things of this world, rather than the things of God. They seek out ways to get immediate pleasure for themselves. Watching and listening to things that are destructive to the spirit. Engaging in sinful activities for a temporary pleasure. Seeking to build themselves up, rather than God’s kingdom.
Living like this will also have a reaping time. It will bring about destruction in the end.
The believer has his focus on sowing the things of God, building His kingdom. This is seen in love, patience, kindness, forgiveness, grace, mercy, and spreading the gospel message. These are things that will last for eternity. They will also reap eternal life.
Instead of focusing on pleasing self, as the world is striving to do, the believer is focused on please God. He is constantly asking how he can please God with what God has placed in his life. He is sowing into the lives of other people and building them up.
As a believer you must look at what your goal is and what you are sowing into. What are you investing into?
If you are focusing on the things of this world, you are sowing into this world only temporary things and bringing about destruction in the end.
If you are focusing on God and His kingdom, you are sowing into His kingdom, which is eternal and will reap an eternal life.
Take what you have, both physical and spiritual, and invest it into God’s kingdom for an eternal reward.
I pray today that God will show you ways to sow into His kingdom; that you will focus on the eternal things of God; that God will show you how to please Him; and that all you do will please God.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 1 Corinthians 4:16
Looking around the world, things do not always look very good. There is trouble and pain everywhere one looks. People are getting sick, people are dying, people are hungry, people are without clothes, people are at war, and the list goes on.
Along with what most of the world does not like and thinks is bad, are the things that God is looking at. Sin abounds and appears to be growing more rapidly than ever before. Certain sins that were never talked about are now openly being promoted and expected, not only in the world, but also in the church.
There are many believers who are working hard at reaching those in the world. They strive to spread the gospel to everyone they meet. Yet, sometimes it looks like as though they are not making any progress.
Then there are the problems that a believer faces in his own life. He repents of a sin and works to stay from it, but falls back into that sin. It appears as if he will never stop sinning. And every person, believer or not, faces the body getting old and breaking down. It is frustrating and discouraging and many lose heart.
Paul faced all of this, yet said that they do not lose heart. Regardless of what is going on in this body or this world, a believer must never lose heart. God is still in control and at work.
The believer is constantly being renewed each day on the inside. God is working daily to make the believer into someone more like Jesus. It is a slow, but steady process that will take a life time to complete.
Inside the believer is always the hope of eternity with God. The troubles of this world are only temporary and will end some day.
You, along with every believer, is someone on this path in this life. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus and the eternity that He has promised you. Do not get discouraged and lose heart because of the way this world looks, or what you are going through.
Even though your body may be breaking down or sin appears to be more prevalent, God is with you. He is building you up. Don’t give up, you are being renewed!
I pray today that you will see God’s work in you; that you will focus on Jesus; that you will trust God’s work; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; and that you will share that hope you have in Jesus with others.
So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 2 Corinthians 5:9
Paul had been talking about the physical body as being temporary. There will come a time when it will be destroyed, but God will give a new better body that will last for eternity. In this way a person it to live by faith in what God said He would do. In the process of living by faith, a person must make it the goal of his life to please God, regardless of where they are.
Pleasing another person is not something uncommon. Some people in the workplace work to please the boss, doing whatever it takes to please him. Children who adore their dad will often do what it takes to please him. A boy who loves a girl will do what it takes to please her in order to win her heart over to him.
Often the reason for pleasing another person is a selfish reason. It is to gain something for self, rather than to help the other person out. In the workplace this is seen when a person is striving to get a promotion, rather than just doing his job.
Believers should have the goal to please God. No one has to work to please God to get something, God has already given it or promised it. God has already given the believer everything needed, before the work to please God was ever started. God has promised a new body and an eternal life with Him to every believer. For these reasons alone there is more than enough reason to want to please God.
The ways to please God is to live for Jesus and obey all of His commands. All of those commands are summed up in loving God and loving others. When a person is doing those two things, God is pleased.
Take a look at your life and ask yourself what is your goal. Who are you trying to please?
Pleasing another person may be acceptable, but it is only temporary. Pleasing God is something that is eternal and reaps eternal benefits.
There will always be a new opportunity to please God with what you do and say in this life. Seek to please Him as you live by faith knowing that God has a reward of eternal life for you in the end.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what pleases God; that you will live by faith in God; and that you will strive to please God in all that you say and do.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
Paul had been talking about troubles in this life are light compared to what is coming up in the future. Now he talks about what he fixes his eyes on.
People are always looking at things. They focus on things that they have or that they want. A common statement for a person to be successful is to focus on a dream and what it takes to get there. Usually that dream is of some thing, making a certain dollar amount, or a position.
While have a dream for those things may be good, they are not the best things to focus ones eyes on. When a person focuses on something, he goes for it, no matter what it takes. It is the central focus of his life.
All these things, dollars, and positions are just temporary. The will only last for a short time. The thing a person wanted so badly breaks down or does not live up to one’s expectations. No matter how much money a person has, there always seems to be a need for more and that it is not enough. Positions are never guaranteed very long. Positions come and go all the time.
Paul talked about focusing on what is unseen, what is eternal. The focus is on God and His kingdom. These are things that cannot be seen, yet will last for eternity and no one can take them away.
Focusing on God and His kingdom is focusing on doing what He wants, when He wants it and how He wants it done. It is focusing on reaching as many as possible with the Gospel message.
These are the things that will last for eternity. They will also give a person fulfillment in this life and the one to come.
Take a look at your own life and see what your eyes are focused on. You will notice whatever your eyes are focused on is where you spend your time, thoughts and money. Your aim is where your eyes are focused.
Ask God to open your eyes to see what is eternal. He can help you focus on what is coming in eternity to get past all the hurt, pain and troubles of today.
I pray today that you will see what you have in Jesus; that God will reveal a piece of eternity to you; that you will know the value of following God; and that you will focus your eyes on God and building His kingdom.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
In this life, there is a lot of suffering. It does not matter whether a person is a believer or not, there is suffering. Suffering comes in many different types of forms.
Individuals suffer from sickness, injury, weariness, confusion, being mislead, abuse, physical defects, loss, fear, depression, and much more. Along with directly suffering, many also suffer from seeing others going through suffering.
Suffering is a common place thing in this world. The majority of the world does not know how to deal with suffering. There are many people who turn to different types of drugs, whether legal or illegal. Others will turn to other people for help. Some will seek out death to end the suffering.
When a person is in the middle of suffering, there does not seem to be any hope or an end to it…unless there is something greater to look forward to in the end. There has to be something to hope in and believe in.
Believers are also subject to suffering. Jesus even said that there would be suffering to occur. Yet, as a believer, one has hope, a future to look forward to.
Paul said that with all the sufferings that they are going through as a believer, it does not compare to what is to come.
There is suffering in the life of a believer, because he lives in a fallen world. God also allows suffering to build a person up in Him. It causes a believer to focus on God and what He is doing. It causes the believer to lean on God and His strength during the time of trouble.
The time of suffering that you may be going through is only temporary. God is working in your life to make you more like Jesus. There is coming a day when He will call you home and you will step into eternity shining bright for the rest of eternity.
While on this earth, you can shine the light and hope of Jesus to the rest of this world that there is a hope beyond the suffering. There is a purpose to go on living. There will be an end to all suffering at some point.
Do not be discouraged in your suffering, but focus on the greater things to come!
I pray today that you will know the hope you can have in Jesus; that you will know the future God has for you; that God’s presence will strengthen you in your suffering; and that you will lean on God during your suffering.