We #Reap More Than We #Sow

WE REAP MORE THAN WE SOW

INTRODUCTION

This is a fun time of the year to drive around farms. Everywhere we look are fields turning green. The person who does not know different plants can at least say, “Look how much that farmer has planted!” The person who does know plants can say, “Look at all the soybeans!” Or corn, or any other crop.

When we look on a field today even the most uninitiated observer can tell which farmer is a faithful farmer and which is not. The crop tells everything. We may not know when the harvest will take place but it is so evident that a good harvest is in store for that hard working farmer.

Some may have forty acres planted in one cash crop. Some may choose to have a truck farm. Some may choose to be just a back yard gardener with a few select plants of tomatoes, onions, carrots, okra, potatoes, beans, etc. It does not take a degree in agriculture to tell that that forty acres will produce a larger crop than the back yard garden.

This law of the harvest is one of the most important aspects concerning the harvest that there is. If it were not for this fact, there would be no harvest. No farmer would want to plant anything. No Christian would want to sow spiritually.

THEME: WHEN WE SOW WE ALWAYS REAP MORE THAN WE SOW:

I. IN LIKE KIND THAT WE HAVE SOWN

NOTE: A father and his son was walking through the woods. The young son was inquisitive as a boy will be. He was constantly asking questions. “What kind of bird is that?” “What does that insect do?” Suddenly the boy stopped and looked at a small seedling of a tree sprouting from the ground. He suddenly pulled it out of the ground and ran to his father and said, “What is this?” His father’s reply was, “Son, you have just pulled up a forest.”

     A. If We Only Got Back What Germinated In The Ground, We Would Be On The Losing End Of The Process

          1. The parable of the sower

               a. Some seed fell on hard soil and was lost to the birds

               b. Some seed was lost because there is no depth of ground to support life

               c. Some plants grow and are choked out by thorn bushes and never reproduce

2. What compensates for all this loss and makes sowing the seed profitable

               a. Some seed falls on good ground

               b. Some seed reproduces itself 30, 60 and 100 -fold

     B. We So Often Refuse To Acknowledge The Seriousness Of The Sin We Sow

          1. We excuse sin

          2. God hates sin

          3. God calls sin what it is

NOTE: The great contrast

People call sin an accident; God calls it an abomination.

People call sin a blunder; God calls it blindness.

People call sin a carelessness; God calls it a catastrophe.

People call sin a defect; God calls it a defilement.

People call sin an error; God calls it an estrangement.

People call sin an infirmity; God calls it iniquity.

People call sin a lapse; God calls it lawlessness.

People call sin a mistake; God calls it madness.

People call sin reasonable; God calls it rebellion

People call sin a trifle; God calls it a tragedy

People call sin a weakness; God calls it willfulness

NOTE: … he that soweth discord among brethren.  Proverbs 6:19

T.S. WHEN WE SOW WE ALWAYS REAP MORE THAN WE SOW:

          I. IN LIKE KIND THAT WE HAVE SOWN

II. IN SIN BECAUSE WE WILL REAP MORE THAN WE HAVE SOWN

     A. No One Can Get Around The Law Of The Harvest

          1. The great gulf

               a. Between being sorry for sin and being sorry for getting caught

               b. Between confessing our sins and confessing someone else’s involvement

               c. Between seeing our own faults instead of our own faults

     B. The Adamic Way Of ‘Confessing’ Our Sin: Lord, It Is Because Of This Wife You Gave Me

NOTE: And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.       Genesis 3:12

          1. Blame the wife

          2. Blame God

          3. Excuse self

     C. Refusing To Acknowledge Our Sin Makes Us Puff Ourselves Up

          1. We become more important than we are

               a. We over-value ourselves

               b. We under-value our sin

               c. We only look to find fault in others

         2. He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity …          Proverbs 22:8

               a. The word ‘iniquity’

                    1) Injustice (of speech)

                    2) Unjust

                    3) Unrighteousness

                    4) Wickedness

                    5) Wrong

               b. The word ‘reap’

                    1) Harvest

NOTE: The action of the farmer at the end of the growing season

          a. Too late to plant more seed

          b. Too late to get a new harvest

                    2) The agricultural payday

               c. The word ‘vanity’

                    1) To exert oneself, usually in vain

                    2) Calamity

                    3) Misfortune

                    4) Trouble

                    5) Sorrow

NOTE: A pastor told of his days on a farm. It was hot, the rows for planting the beans were long. All his friends were going to town. His dad said, When you finish planting all your beans, you may go to town. Dad left to go to another part of the farm and would not be back until after dark.

The young boy tried his best but he was missing out on the fun in town. So at the end of on row he dumped the rest of the seed, finished covering the other rows and went to town.

One day his dad came to him and asked him to join him in the bean patch. Three rows had nothing growing. At the end of one row was beans growing, crowding out each other.

Judgment day.

     D. We Can Never Escape That We Will Reap More Than We Sow

          1. For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.    Hosea 8:7

               a. Sow the wind

               b. Reap the whirlwind

               c. The violent whirlwind

               d. Violent, destructive tornado

          2. Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.        Job 4:8

               a. Plow iniquity; prepare the soil for sin

               b. Sow wickedness

               c. Reap the same

NOTE: The mother of John Wesley wrote to him these significant words: “Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things – whatever increases the authority of your body over your mind – that thing to you is sin.”

     E. The Five Cycles Of Discipline

NOTE: But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;

And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.

And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.

Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.

Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

Leviticus 26:14-46

          1. The law of sowing and reaping

          2. 1 X 7 X 7 X 7 X 7 = 2401

     F. … all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.           Hebrews 4:13

NOTE: A little girl had beautiful long hair. One day she decided to cut her hair herself. Sometime later she walked into the room where her mother was. The mother said in anguish, “O darling, you have cut your hair!”

The girl gaped in astonishment and said, “But how did you know, Mommy? I hid it very carefully in the trash can.”

          1. This is a truth for everyone, Christian and non – Christian alike

          2. It is truth both negatively and positively

          3. When we sow sin, we are going to reap more than we sowed

T.S. WHEN WE SOW WE ALWAYS REAP MORE THAN WE SOW:

          I. IN LIKE KIND THAT WE HAVE SOWN

         II. IN SIN BECAUSE WE WILL REAP MORE THAN WE HAVE SOWN

III. IN GOOD WORKS BECAUSE WE WILL REAP FAR MORE THAN WE HAVE SOWN

     A. When We Sow The Good We Will Reap A Bountiful Harvest Of Good

          1. The sooner we stop sowing to the flesh, the sooner we will stop reaping in kind

          2. The sooner we start sowing the good, the

sooner we will begin reaping the same

          3. … to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.  Proverbs 11:18

          4. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.     Psalm 126:5

          5. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.       Psalm 94:11

     B. The Believer Who Sows A Life In Fellowship With The Lord Will Reap A Harvest In Peace

          1. The unbeliever and the carnal Christian who sows sin will reap a harvest of calamities of all the varieties with their accompanying anxieties

          2. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Galatians 6:7-8

          3. … He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. II Corinthians 9:6

CONCLUSION

WHEN WE SOW WE ALWAYS REAP MORE THAN WE SOW:

I. IN LIKE KIND THAT WE HAVE SOWN

II. IN SIN BECAUSE WE WILL REAP MORE THAN WE HAVE SOWN

III. IN GOOD WORKS BECAUSE WE WILL REAP FAR MORE THAN WE HAVE SOWN

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