Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 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 6:7–8
As America approached the Civil War, two major economies were preeminent: industrial & agricultural. The country was engulfed in an industrial revolution that made the nation feel stronger and accessible. The concept of a day’s journey had increased five-fold as the steam-engine out paced the horse. Having access to waterways, though important, was equalized by the ever increasing reach of rail lines. In both North and South, new corporations were formed and the economies grew. And yet, as the “hopes” of financial prosperity were sown, deeper regional and cultural divisions were reaped.
In Galatians 6, Paul reminds us of a key principle in God’s economy, sowing and reaping. What we pull out of the ground is directly related to what goes in. “Can a fig tree, bear olives or a grapevine produce figs? (James 3:12), of course not.
As Kingdom Men, we must be conscious and intentional with what we sow. We can fall prey to the same trappings of the Industrial North and Agrarian South. Like the North, we can lean too heavily on our technological advancements and place convenience and consumerism ahead of our dependency on our Savior who provides for our every need according to His riches and glory (Philipians 4:19). Likewise, as with the South, we can pervert our role as stewards who have been granted dominion to care for creation and devalue and disenfranchise our brothers and sisters and mishandle creation to pursue selfish ends and reap our own destruction.
Today’s Training: Vying Economies weren’t a reality for only North and South, but it is a reality we struggle with everyday. As individuals, we attempt to create an economy of the flesh which distracts from the principles God lays out for His glory and our benefit. So today, ask the Father to “till” your heart so that you may reap in your life and the lives of those around you what you intended to put into the ground.