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  • Writer's pictureAllison Wilcox

Sowing new seeds

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh, but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all and especially for those of the family of faith.

See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who try to compel you to be circumcised—only that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything, but a new creation is everything! As for those who will follow this rule—peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. ~ Galatians 6:7-16

You reap what you sow. We all know that line. Probably one of the most quoted from scripture. Many a person has been chastised with this line.

What is it we are meant to sow then? What is it that our harvest is meant to be?

Paul wanted the early Christians to know that it wasn't circumcision that was necessary for the harvest.

If that was what the Jesus movement thought, they were looking in the wrong direction.

Nope. This harvest was new. God was doing a new thing. A new thing that came through the cross, not an ancient religious rite. Even if it was one that had been prescribed before.

So what does that mean for us?

Are there ways in which we try to plant and grow using old ways that no longer work. Or are no longer what we are called to plant?

Ways in which we are sowing the wrong things?

What is it we are called to reap? To harvest?

What new thing is God calling us to?

Good and gracious God, help me to harvest the seeds that you have sown - even if the plant that comes up is something new and strange to me. Amen

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