Have you ever heard the saying “You reap what you sow.”? This phrase means that you receive according to what you have put in. This is a phrase that is absolutely true and we see it written by Paul.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:6-8
There’s something interesting that Paul is talking about. He’s talking about sowing to please the Spirit and sowing to please the flesh. What is the flesh? The flesh is the desire we have to go against what God wants. Before we were followers of Christ we gave in fully to our fleshly desires. In chapter 5 of Galatians, Paul gives us a description what the acts of the flesh are.
For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:17-21
Now that we have established what the flesh and its desires were, what is the Spirit? The Spirit is the Spirit of God (Holy Spirit). The Spirit is God. When we sow in life to please God then it says we will reap eternal life. The first and most important way to sow to please the Spirit is to devote our lives to Jesus as our Lord and Savior. To continue to live for Him day in and day out is to sow to please the Spirit. When we sow to please the Spirit and are led by the Spirit, we will receive the fullness of God and walk in all He has for us. In what ways are you sowing to please the Spirit and in what ways are you not sowing to please the Spirit? In your quiet time, invite God into that part of your life and let Him transform your life.