2016-05-26 - What We Sow
Galatians 6:8-9 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
I have mentioned before that I teach and study martial arts. Two reasons, self-defense and keeping me from gaining weight. Their techniques and forms to learn as part of the training. As understanding grows these techniques and forms are refined. Not unlike any other sport one requirement is practice. Without practice improving is difficult if not impossible. There are points during major tests where it would be easy to give in to the sore muscles and tiredness, but there is a reward at the end of that path.
One guideline is - "Don't practice until you get it right. Practice until you can't get it wrong." When you have learned well you will immediately know if you have taken a wrong turn in a form and correct the error.
This applies to our lives as Christians. As we begin our walk we learn, often reading and asking questions in a continuing stream. As we grow in understanding and grace dots start to be connected. We begin to more readily distinguish what is sound teaching and practice of the Christian walk. We know quickly when we have taken a wrong turn and ask for forgiveness. When the world comes against us and mocks what we know is truth we will be able to stand.
Sowing in reading the Bible and hearing the word and spending time in prayer will reap eternal rewards.
Philippians 4:9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Father - give us a thirst for Your knowledge. Keep us mindful that You are the One who lights our path and cares for us. Amen
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.