What kind of seeds have you been sowing lately? Even though not many of us are farmers or gardeners, all of us are sowers and reapers. There are some important principles about sowing and reaping which we need to understand.

Galatians 6:7 states the first principle very clearly: Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Thus, the question that I asked you before: What kind of seeds have you been sowing lately?

If you’re sowing seeds of righteousness, you will reap good things. Seeds of righteousness would be things like being kind to people, having a servant attitude toward others, and giving yourself in service to the Lord in small and big ways. Seeds of righteousness would include living a pure and clean life, not allowing known sin to remain in your life, and being obedient to God’s commands in your life. Are these the kind of seeds you are sowing on a consistent basis, day-in and day-out?

If so, you will find that God’s blessings are showered on you: peace, joy, contentment, and fulfillment. The seeds you sow for others come back in a harvest of good things others will do for you.

However, if you’re sowing seeds of sin and disobedience, don’t be surprised to discover that the harvest is very painful.

Have you been sowing seeds of immorality? Do you have any idea of the ruination which you will reap in your life? Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:18 that when we sin sexually, we sin against our bodies and that causes untold consequences which are long-lasting.

Are you sowing seeds of a lack of discipline and laziness? Proverbs 13:18 tells us that the person who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame. Not a very pleasant harvest, but that’s what you’ll reap in due season.

Are you sowing seeds of careless and thoughtless words, or too many words? Proverbs 13:3 says the person who speaks rashly will come to ruin. In Proverbs 10:19, we see that when words are many, sin is not absent. So, if we’re sowing the wrong kind of words, we shouldn’t be surprised to discover a harvest of ruin—ruined relationships and opportunities because of careless words. Did you ever think about the harm we can do with a tongue that is out of control? The harvest can be disastrous.

We surely need to be very careful about the seeds we sow because one thing is for certain: What we sow we will reap. It’s unavoidable!