Sowing to the Spirit
For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Galatians 6:8)
Pauls statement to the Galatians is typical in the way that his direct approach to teaching truth iseither yes or no in Christ. In the noted verse one can either sow (to themselves) in from either acarnal or spiritual way. To sow (speirōn) is used 11 times in the New Testament of which we seereferences to predominantly the parable of the sower and that he that sows sparingly shall also reapsparingly. The initiative in all cases is on the believer on two counts on either choosing where theywill sow (spirit or flesh) and how much they intend on sowing (much or sparingly). One must thenask the question how do I sow into the Spirit and is it my personal Spirit or is it the Spiritual worldthat I bring with me as a representative of Christ and a vessel of the Holy Spirit? I believe the answeris both.How do I then start to sow into the Spirit? To sow into the Spirit the context of Galatians 6 gives ussome keys.1.
Benevolent acts of the reflect Gods goodness is sowing to the Spirit
(let us not be weary inwell doing) Gal 6:9 (let us do good to all men) Gal 6:10. When we act out of Gods goodnessand bless others that curse us. Believe the best in others instead of the worst and do good toall men especially those of the household of faith we are sowing to ourselves in the Spiritand are sure to reap a sure reward. Blessed is the one who simply hands over a cup of waterhow much those who lay down their lives for the brethren. Great courage is seen in the actsof goodness that come from a spiritual motive that wants to do good to the one who is lessfortunate than ourselves. The good Samaritan is our parable of significance to sow to theSpirit in loving others and so fulfil all that Christ would ask of us.2.
Speaking the Word of God into situations is sowing to the Spirit.
The word “sperion” isused in “Mark 4:14 The sower sows the word” It is apparent here that when we speak Godsword we sow it into what we speak it into. Giving voice and speaking life and breakthroughinto situations that seem impossible are ways to sow to the Spirit. You are in effect speakingfrom your own spirit via the power of the Holy Spirit to create and turn around people andcircumstances. Speaking into people’s lives, over your own family’s lives and into situationsand scenarios are sowing to the spirit. Little wonder James states that you have not (not yetreaped) because you have not yet spoken into the situation ( ).3.
Choosing the Spirit over the Flesh is sowing to the Spirit.
Paul continues in Galatians 6 andspeaks of those who want to make a “fair show in the flesh” (Gal 6:12) As those who livecrucified to the flesh and this world we must choose to sow to the Spirit in areas of practicaleveryday choice. The soul being the “a” moral mechanism that acts as our decider beingmost popularly noted by authors as being the center of mans (mind, will and intellect) muststrengthen his soul by making Spiritual decisions and not one made by the carnal mind thatsatiate the flesh. (Galatians 6:1) The Apostle desires that the Galatians make decisions asspiritual governed and driven people who were to not only live in the Spirit but to also walkin the Spirit. Surely to sow to ourselves in the Spirit we must make the right (spiritual)