Welcome to part two of a five-part series titled “5 Things I’d Tell My Younger Me.” This is a list of important lessons I’d share with younger me if I could go back in time. The second thing I’d share with younger me is; never give up.
Life has a way of wearing us down and discouraging us from living by faith. We are bombarded with temptations, philosophies, and influences that offer a quicker route to happiness and success.
Still, they take more from us than they deliver and rob us of our identity in Jesus.
Therefore I’d tell my younger self that under no certain circumstances, even when faith living feels fruitless, do not give in or give up. Faith in God will always prevail if we do not give up.
If you feel like giving up or have, this lesson is from God for you.
In Galatians 6:6-10, the author gives us a BIG reason why we should never give up. The context of this chapter is based on the principle of sowing and reaping.
Sowing and reaping is a natural but also a supernatural principle. This is why under no circumstances are we to ever give up. The seeds we plant today will bear their fruit in our future.
Whatever you’re dealing with today is the result of seeds sown yesterday. Likewise, where you’re at physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, and even relationally is most often the result of seeds you planted in the past.
And yet, going all the way back to the first two humans, Adam and Eve, it is natural for us to point the finger at others for our situation. Yet, in most cases, we are the ones to blame because we didn’t sow the right seed.
You’re responsible for sowing the seeds for the future you want. The good news is whatever state you are in today, you can change by sowing a different seed. 2 Corinthians 9:6 teaches that if we sow sparingly, we will also reap sparingly.
Paul teaches that there are two categories of seeds to sow, carnal and spiritual. If we sow seeds of pleasure, self-gratification, rebellion, deceit, and manipulation, we can’t be surprised when this leads to disappointment.
But if someone sows to the Spirit, they will reap eternal life with God. So the idea of sowing to the Spirit is about choices and characteristics that align with the Holy Spirit.
Paul reinforces the reality of sowing and reaping by saying that God cannot be mocked. God’s law is immutable, it’s unchanging, and doesn’t depend on a majority approval or acceptance. We will reap what they sow.
This is why people will say things like;
- Oh, they had it coming.
- Karma strikes again.
- They ran out of luck.
It’s not karma or luck. It’s sowing and reaping.
Listen to what Galatians 6:9 says;
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
This is the crux of the principle of sowing and reaping. When you’re in a season of sowing seeds, you will not be harvesting. And when you’re harvesting, you’re not sowing.
So the first thing we need to identify is what season are we in? That’s easy to determine because life is very enjoyable when it’s harvest time. Everything is easy going, joy is abundant, and there are opportunities around every corner.
Yet, if you have sown the wrong seed, the joy and pleasure will be short-lived, and then you’ll be left with the consequences of your actions.
But you know you’re in a season of sowing because it’s a lot of work. Life feels like an endless grind, and there is not a lot of immediate satisfaction.
You pray, but you do not see a lot of answers. You’re reading the Bible and going to church, but the messages do not seem to be speaking to you like they used to. That’s because you’re sowing seeds for the future.
Faithfulness and perseverance are critical in seasons of sowing. You are guaranteed a harvest when you sow. But, keep in mind that reaping doesn’t happen overnight.
The word season comes from the Greek kairos. It’s different from the word Chronos, which speaks of time in minutes or hours. Kairos refers to a period of opportunity. Chronos is more linear and quantitative, and kairos is nonlinear and qualitative.
It may not happen according to your schedule or timeline, but when God makes a promise, it will happen at the right time, and nothing can obstruct or prevent the harvest.
There is no enemy, no authority, or no person who can interfere with God’s due season of reaping except you.
Whatever we want to see more of in our life, we need to sow to the Spirit. And with the measure we use it will be measured back to you.
If life is squeezing you and you’re feeling demotivated because you’re lacking results, it may be grind time.
Continue to sow seeds. You WILL reap a harvest if you don’t give up!