For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:8,9
Close to our home there are some fields where thousands of tomatoes will soon be planted. Right now they are working to get the soil prepared for the planting of the tomatoes. It has been an interesting process as they took the hardened soil and plowed it up so it was soft and workable. Then they prepared the many rows where the tomato plants will go.
God's Word reminds us of the importance of keeping the soil of our heart in good condition. Every now and again some things can crop up that hinder or harden the soil of our hearts: Bitterness, anger, jealousy, discontentment, discord etc. Sometimes we need to plow our hearts by seeking the Lord for His grace and forgiveness to reveal our hearts and make it soft and workable. Then, when the seed (His Word) is sown, it is received into good soil and brings forth an abundance of fruit.
This is one of those verses where we are held accountable for our actions and have the choice in what we sow - whether to the flesh with fleshly, selfish desires or to the Spirit - kindness, love, grace etc. This verse also gives hope and encouragement to make the right choices and to continue on doing good, for if we do not give up, we will reap a harvest. May we always seek to sow good seed and rely on God's faithful and abundant promises.