“Don’t be misled – you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 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.”
It’s so great when you plant a seed in the ground, water it every day and then watch its growth either into a beautiful flower or a fruit or vegetable to eat. It would be rather strange though, if you planted tomato seeds and a rose tree grew instead. Well, believe it or not, as today’s scripture clearly states, what you sow, is what will grow.
If we decide to live a lifestyle, constantly giving into temptation, constantly gratifying our fleshly and sinful desires, then we can’t expect the fruit of Godly living to be evident in our lives. In fact as Paul writes in his warning to the church of Galatia, you will only reap “decay and death”. Those are seriously strong words. If we keep sowing into our fleshly sinful desires, the only thing that will grow is a desire for more sin, less of God and eventually eternal separation from Almighty God.
However, chapter 5 verse 16 has good news. If we let the Holy Spirit guide our lives then we won’t want to do “what our sinful nature craves.” Our flesh and Spirit are constantly in conflict with each other. On one hand we want to please God yet on the other hand our fleshly desires burn within our hearts. Yet the more we say no to the flesh, the more the we allow the Holy Spirit to guide our lifestyles and decisions, pleasing God and living a lifestyle that will harvest everlasting life and joy in Lord. Yet the key is not trying to live a lifestyle that pleases God in our strength but asking for the “Holy Spirit to guide our lives.”
Lets us say no the flesh and ask for more of God in our lives. Let us live to please the Spirit and not to satisfy our sinful desires. Let us decrease so He can increase.
Lord, less of me and more of You in my life.