Written by Mark T. Barclay
Everyone realizes that a harvest only comes after one plants a seed, waters it, and allows it to grow to maturity. Even God normally works by these principles.
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit" (John 12:24).
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting" (Gal. 6:7-8).
Many people are not wise enough to sow in the realm of the spirit. I have found that even people who are good sowers in the natural are not so good spiritually. Sowing in the natural is not the way. It was (and is) meant for a Christian to become spiritually minded.
If a man sows in his flesh, he will of the flesh reap corruption. We just read that. Notice again that he was sowing to "his" flesh. That's the biggest reason it brings corruption. It isn't right to sow to yourself.
Notice also that we are to sow to the Spirit. If we sow to the Spirit and in the realm of the spirit (in other words, do it spiritually), we will reap life. This works in every area of life.
The corruption of the flesh is that it will fade, rust, and eventually pass away. The beauty of the spiritual is that it is eternal. Of course, sowing to the Holy Spirit brings indescribable returns.
There are different spheres of life to sow from and into. You can sow a crop with your money, and you can reap financially as well as heavenly rewards. You can sow from the words of your mouth and reap all kinds of things - both good and bad - according to what you are saying.
In fact, every other realm is affected by this sowing of words. (Read James 3:5-6) You can sow with your possessions and reap a like reward. You can sow your time in servanthood and have it redeemed tremendously as well as have great heavenly rewards.
Sowing means that you are giving or planting something that is yours into someone else. Many people sow generously, but they do it after the world's way and not after God's. It won't work! You must sow spiritually and as unto God - no matter what you are sowing and no matter where you are sowing it.
Where you sow is also very important (I mean to whom and what place). Is it of the flesh or is it of the Lord - the place I mean? The Bible tells us that even our tithe is to be sown properly. Check out these scriptures.
And it shall be, when thou art come in unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and possess it, and dwellest therein; That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name there.
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Giving is a beautiful thing all by itself. But the great return meant for you by God will be hindered if you sow with the wrong attitude, in the wrong way, with the wrong motive, for the wrong results, or to the wrong places.
Sowing to yourself is not permitted and will only ruin your life. The same is true with sowing in the realm of the flesh or in fleshly ways.
You must be spiritual and sow all your seed, no matter the kind, into the realm of the spirit and with the help of the Holy Spirit. It must be planted spiritually. Source: How to Always Reap a Harvest by Mark T. Barclay
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers