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We Reap In A Different Season Than We Sow

WE REAP IN A DIFFERENT SEASON THAN WHEN WE SOW

INTRODUCTION

A sign on the tee shirt of an old man in Branson: “When did my wild oats turn in to Quaker Oats?” In a Biblical context this is a mock at the seriousness of the consequences of sin. But it is not too different from so many who sow their wild oats during the week and go to church on Sunday to pray for crop failure. We cannot skip the law of reaping our actions. Someone has said that when we try to stop our reaping the consequences of our actions it is like stopping a forest fire with a toy water pistol.

What we sow we will reap. Let’s observe the negative side of this first:

He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate (head).

Psalm 7:15-16

The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands.          Psalm 9:16

The law is: what we do to others will come back upon us as well.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.   Galatians 6:9

In farming terms the harvest never comes immediately after planting. This is true in the physical realm and in the spiritual realm. There is seed time and there is harvest, there is summer and there is winter. The harvest always comes in a different season from the planting of the seed. In spiritual terms the harvest comes in God’s time, His appointed season.

THEME: WE REAP IN A DIFFERENT SEASON THAN WE SOW:

I. SO THAT WE CAN LIVE BY FAITH

     A. We Must Plan Ahead For The Rewards Of Our Choices

          1. Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.    Ecclesiastes 11:1

               a. Cast bread upon the waters

               b. Refers to the wealth in grain

               c. Looking at the end product, by faith grain to bread

               d. Solomon sent cargo vessels loaded with grain to sell at hungry foreign ports

NOTE:  For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks. So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.     I Kings 10:22

          2. The virtuous woman also did like planning – She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.  Proverbs 31:14

          3. Here is truth in pictorial language

               a. The principle is clear

               b. Do deeds of kindness and they will later return according to the laws of sowing and reaping

               c. They will come back in kind

          4. The Biblical terms

               a. After many days            Ecclesiastes 11:1

               b. Due season       Galatians 6:9

     B. It Is Said That God Is Debtor To No One

1. God keeps His promise

          2. The righteous shall reap a good, full harvest

               a. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.        Ephesians 2:10

               b. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.       Galatians 6:10

              c. The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.     Proverbs 11:18

     C. We Are Not Saved By Good Works

           1. Not by works of righteousness which

we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost            Titus 3:5

          2. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:8-10

     D. We Are Saved To Good Works

NOTE: The epistle of Titus was written to us believers that we be careful to maintain good works

          a. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.      Titus 1:16

          b. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity Titus 2:7

          c. Put them in mind to be subject to … be ready to every good work,  Titus 3:1

          d. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.            Titus 3:8

          e. And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.      Titus 3:14

     E. We Never Arrive In This Life When We Should Stop Sowing

NOTE: In earthly seasons we don’t plant corn in September that takes 90 days to harvest. Winter frost will kill it.

          1. In our spiritual life we should continue sowing until our last breath

          2. In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.          Ecclesiastes 11:6

          3. Our mission in life

               a. We are to sow all the good we can

               b. We are to do everything we have opportunity to do

               c. We are to leave the results to God

               d. He is the only One Who gives the increase

               e. We have no way of knowing which seed He will bless more than another

NOTE: Pastor Duane Pringle and Bob Jacobs visited a home in the country north of Tyler. They had no idea if any fruit would come of it. After all, all they were visiting was the Sewell family. But it may all the difference in the world to my family and me.

     F. Only God Gives The Increase

         1. All sowing will have some reaping

         2. Some may be small reaping

         3. Others may be a gigantic harvest

NOTE: I have wept in the night

For the shortness of sight,

That to somebody’s need made me blind:

But I never have yet

Felt a twinge of regret,

For being a little too kind.

Anonymous

T.S. WE REAP IN A DIFFERENT SEASON THAN WE SOW:

          I. SO THAT WE CAN LIVE BY FAITH

II. SO THAT WE CAN HAVE TIME FOR REPENTANCE

NOTE: A farmer prided himself in working His farm on Sunday. He also taunted his neighbor who was a Christian for not plowing and working then too.

“You just wait,” he exclaimed, “for when harvest time comes I will have even better a harvest than yours. Your resting on Sunday and going to church will not help you one bit.”

The summer passed and the harvest came, and from all outward appearance the proud farmer’s harvest had a slightly better yield per acre.

Then the unbelieving farmer said to his Christian neighbor: What do you have to say to that, neighbor?”

“Just one word, sir. God doesn’t settle all His accounts in September.”

     A. God Told Israel To Let The Land Rest Every Seventh Year

          1. Some Israelis let all their land rest for the seventh year

          2. Some Israelis rotated their land where one-seventh rested each year.

          3. After a while, they quit resting the land.

          4. For a period of 490 years they did not rest the land

          5. It may have appeared that the rest made no difference in the yield

          6. It may have appeared that God was not keeping score

          7. But God waited for 490 years

          8. Then Israel was carried into captivity for 70 years

NOTE:  And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.

Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye be in your enemies’ land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths.

As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest; because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it.

Leviticus 26:33-35

NOTE: The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes.        Leviticus 26:43

NOTE: To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.     II Chronicles 36:21

          9. All the time God had been keeping an exact account

              a. 490 years divided by 7 years = 70 years

               b. Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.       Ecclesiastes 8:11

     B. Because God Does Not Judge Sin Instantly, We Think We Can Get By:

          1. With our attitudes

          2. With our actions

          3. With our out – right sins

          4. The truth

               a. God is keeping score

               b. We get by with nothing

NOTE: The infidel, Robert Ingersoll, toured the country in the 1920s “logically proving” that God did not exist. One of the ways he did this was by taking out his pocket watch and exclaiming, “If there is a God, I demand that He strike me dead in the next sixty seconds.” Women in the audience would faint during that time.

At the end of sixty seconds, with a very smug attitude and flourish, Ingersol would put his watch away and say, “See, I told you there is no God.”

     C. God Always Keeps Score

          1. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.        Psalm 121:4

          2. Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.           Isaiah 40:28

NOTE: On December 28, 1908 an earthquake struck Mesina, Italy. 84,000 people died. In the last issue of that city’s journal ‘Il Telefono,’ (which was it’s Christmas issue) was an abominable parody daring the Almighty to make Himself known by sending an earthquake.

     D. The Seven Most Important Facts To Remember About Sin

          1. Sin earns wages

          2. Sin pays wages

          3. Sin insists on paying even though we are quite willing to let the account go

          4. Sin pays its wages in kind

               a. Sin against the body pays in kind.

               b. Sin in the moral life brings moral repercussions

NOTE: Sin is the most selfish of acts

It influences to some extent everything we touch

          5. Sin pays in installments

          6. Sin pays in full, unless the blood of Jesus washes away the stain

          7. Sin always pays its own bills

NOTE: My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.   Proverbs 1:10

T.S. WE REAP IN A DIFFERENT SEASON THAN WE SOW:

          I. SO THAT WE CAN LIVE BY FAITH

         II. SO THAT WE CAN HAVE TIME FOR REPENTANCE

III. SO THAT WE CAN SETTLE OUR DESTINY

     A. Throughout Our Life We Are Always Confronted With Only Two Choices

          1. Sometimes it may seem that there are more than two choices

          2. Actually there are only two

          3. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Matthew 7:13-14

     4. The choices:

          a. Righteous and godly

          b. Unrighteous and ungodly

     B. How We Can Tell If A Choice Is Righteous And Godly

          1. What does the Bible say?

          2. What would Jesus do?

          3. What would God say about what we do?

     C. How We Can Tell If A Choice Is Unrighteous And Ungodly

          1. The Bible is ignored

          2. Jesus is ignored

          3. God is not consulted in prayer

NOTE: God says vs. “I think”

          a. One choice is life

          b. One choice is destruction

          4. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!          Matthew 6:23

     D. Both Choices Are The Products Of Sowing And Reaping

          1. The believer sows light and reaps greater light

          2. The unbeliever sows darkness and stumbles all the more in the darkness that is reaped in his / her mind and heart

CONCLUSION

WE REAP IN A DIFFERENT SEASON THAN WE SOW:

I. SO THAT WE CAN LIVE BY FAITH

II. SO THAT WE CAN HAVE TIME FOR REPENTANCE

III. SO THAT WE CAN SETTLE OUR DESTINY

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