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Karma - Four : We Reap More Than We Sow



Karma and the Principles of Sowing and Reaping


Four - We Reap More Than We Sow

There are no Laws of the Harvest more significant and relative than this one. This law simply means that when the seed we sow is good, we will receive generously and abundantly from the hand of God - a God mind you who owes no one, anything. Yes this Law of the Harvest is simple and yet it is also profound - the harvest is always greater than the seed planted. If this weren't a fact, no farmer would ever plant a thing. If the sower only got back what germinated in the ground, he would be on the losing end and spend his farming career poor and frustrated and mad at his dog. Law Four: We reap more than we sow.


Reaping more than we sow is fundamental to the laws of the harvest and is not just an agricultural reality, it is true of almost everything we do in life. In our context, what is true in the natural and physical is also true in the spiritual - whether you are a believer or a non-believer. Although we are always reaching for the good and positive side to this law, we know that this law works in reverse as well. When we sow evil, we will generally reap more than we sowed as well. Hmmm... now that we think about it, I sure some things actually make sense huh? We also know that there are some exceptional circumstances since we all know we live in a sin cursed world with both natural and economic disasters taking place - sadly, it happens. A farmer may sow bountifully and have his crop destroyed by drought or a tornado, or he may reap a good crop and not be able to reap a reward from it because of economic regulatory factors in his or her country. But beyond those uncontrollable circumstances, in the end they still reap more than we sow.


We Reap More Than We Sow - A Spiritual Context


Hosea 8:7

For they sow the wind, and they reap the whirlwind.

I just don't like how that verse sounds. I get it - I just don't like it. Fortunately for you and I, in the realm of God’s Spirit we all live in an age and time of grace. This means that God has made a way of provision through Jesus, by means of genuine repentance and change. That provision of grace shields and protects spiritually/eternally from reaping the abundance caused by our natural tendencies to sow the bad seed of sin and poor choices. But it does not always protect and shield us from natural and temporal consequences. Long story short... because of Jesus, God does not go Old Testament judgment on us - but in real time there is hardship in this world. At the end of the day - we reap more than we sow. However, because of Jesus, we now have this promise - where sin is present, grace shows up there even more...


Just for a minute, and not to beleaguer the point, it is extremely important as we come to understand the reality of this particular law (reaping more than we sow) to avoid in every way possible sowing the bad seed that we know is going to bring a harvest of an abundance of everything we do not want for ourselves or the people we love. Here are a couple of practical examples of the unfavorable and hardship outcomes we could face if we ignore or do not seek to understand and embrace this law.


One


Proverbs 22:8

He who sows iniquity will reap vanity,
And the rod of his fury will perish.

Proverbs 22:8 is telling us that when a person sows iniquity or wrong, they will reap trouble and sorrow in abundance. There is a kind of play on words in this passage through alliteration in the Hebrew text. Vanity here is more accurately translated as calamity or trouble. It’s the Hebrew word for; trouble, sorrow, distress, misfortune, idolatry, and emptiness. The primary meaning of this word has two interesting aspects: a stress on trouble which moves on to wickedness, and an emphasis on emptiness which moves on to idolatry. So, there is that. And because there is that we move on from it quickly and decisively to sow good seed - produce good fruit - and see good outcomes (in abundance).


Two


James 3:5-6

So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. Behold, how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.

Is there any more that needs to be said here that James didn't so eloquently already say? Well, let’s just add this - James indicates that lack of control and discipline is evidence of spiritual arrogance and weak faith. Following those patterns and behaviors, it doesn't matter how much public prayer and fasting, how much giving and showing up to church - its shallow, it’s hollow, and it’s just a show. James adds that inner control of the tongue must accompany outward performance. The Law of the Harvest says... we reap more than we sow. The point is well taken - we do not want to sow bad seed through the words we speak and as a result reap a whirlwind.


Final Look - We Reap More than We Sow


Though King David did sin against the Lord (he reaped more than he sowed), as a whole, he walked right with the Lord and sowed what was good. When confronted with his sin by Nathan, he quickly confessed. This made him a man after God’s own heart. Most of David’s life was sowing good, not evil, and as a result, God continued to bless him and many of the kings of Judah for many years because of the good seed and the abundance of what was sown. Here is the big Ancestors.com moment.


Taken literally, Jesus was a direct descendant of David, the king of Israel. When Matthew began his gospel, he started with an abbreviated family line of Jesus, clearly noting his connections with both Abraham and David. Matthew followed the genealogy of Jesus through Joseph, focusing on Joseph as a son of Jacob who was descended from the family line of Solomon the son of David. Luke 3:23-38 also notes the literal family line of David to Jesus, though using a different list of ancestors. Many believe Luke's genealogy offers the family line of Jesus from Mary's family. If so, both sides of the family of Jesus descended from David and the bloodline of Jesus goes back to King David not only through his earthly father, Joseph, but also through His mother Mary. Luke’s account traces Mary’s genealogical line back eighteen generations to King David:


Luke 3:23-31

Now Yeshua Himself began His ministry at about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi….the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel… the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse.

Paul claims in Romans 1:3 that Jesus was from the seed of David after the flesh. This has always been understood to mean that Paul was claiming that King David was the biological ancestor of Jesus.


How is that for Reaping More than You Sow?


About Reunion Community Church

Located in Peoria, AZ, we are a non-denominational Christian church. We love God and teach His Truth. We invite you, your family and friends to join us on the faith journey, growing closer to one another, the Christian community of believers at Reunion, and most importantly with God. Read more about the timeless Truth we build our lives and faith in Christ on HERE.


We are conveniently located just off the 101 on 83rd Ave and Cactus Rd. Join us on Sunday mornings, Weds. evenings, and throughout the week at our small groups, meeting in homes around the Valley, including Surprise, Glendale, Peoria, Phoenix, Goodyear, Litchfield, and more. Connect with us on Facebook and YouTube,











About Reunion Community Church

Located in Peoria, AZ, we are a non-denominational Christian church. We love God and teach His Truth. We invite you, your family and friends to join us on the faith journey, growing closer to one another, the Christian community of believers at Reunion, and most importantly with God. Read more about the timeless Truth we build our lives and faith in Christ on HERE.


We are conveniently located just off the 101 on 83rd Ave and Cactus Rd. Join us on Sunday mornings, Weds. evenings, and throughout the week at our small groups, meeting in homes around the Valley, including Surprise, Glendale, Peoria, Phoenix, Goodyear, Litchfield, and more. Connect with us on Facebook and YouTube


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