I am sure many of you have heard the sayings, “You reap what you sow,” or “What goes around comes around.” These quotes basically mean that whatever you dish out in life comes back around to you in the same form. However, I am here today to tell you that is just a piece of what really happens. There are 4 laws to sowing and reaping. I will list them below, although not in any particular order, and some may even overlap. Keep reading or listening to see how each law can be associated to the birthing process.
Law #1 – You truly do reap what you sow. This applies to good fortune or misfortune. In its simplest form, it is called consequences. Although that term is most often used in a negative connotation, it applies to positive actions as well. A consequence is simply the result of an action. Good or bad, whatever you do will have a consequence, or result. If you do good things, the consequence is that your good deed will result in something good. On the other hand, if you do bad things, the consequence is that your bad deed will result in something bad. To clarify what sowing is, think of planting a seed and then reaping the harvest. If you plant (or sow) tomato seeds, you can grow a garden of tomatoes and when you pick them off the vine, it is called harvesting (or reaping the harvest). If that still does not make sense, ask a farmer about sowing and reaping, or maybe this next analogy will help. As I mentioned, this law can be associated to the birthing process. If you sow a reproductive seed, you will reap a baby. It is as simple as that.
Law #2 – Sometimes you reap what someone else sows. Have you ever been caught in the crossfire of someone else’s troubles or bad behavior? That is called collateral damage. On the flip side, have you ever experienced a blessing from God due to some else’s obedience? That is called collateral blessings. Here is a good example. There is a lot of reaping what someone else has sown during this current season. People are contracting COVID-19 and passing it along to others causing them to reap what someone else has sown. How about the person who had a praying grandmother. She was sowing seeds of intercessory prayer, and as a result, you were reaping the blessings. Someone borrows money to build a house, but the fall on hard times and it goes into foreclosure where someone else buys it for a lot less money than what it is worth. They reaped what someone else had sown. You get the picture. Here is how this law is associated to the birthing process. If a man sows his seed, a woman will reap a baby. Of course some may argue that the woman had a part in sowing, so what about this? If a man and woman sow together and a child is born but for whatever reason, that child is adopted by someone else. Perhaps that is a clearer picture of reaping what someone else has sown.
Law #3 – Sometimes you will reap later than when you sow. Some people think that reaping and sowing happens immediately, but I am here to let you know that it can take years for you to reap what you sow. People do bad things and if they do not experience consequences immediately, they tend to think they got away with it. Let’s just look at nature. If you sow a seed to grow a tree, it can take years before you see that tree. For example, planting (or sowing) an acorn will produce an oak tree, but it will take 1-2 years to mature, depending on the type of oak tree (white oak, red oak, etc.) Now let’s look at making an adult. If you sow a seed to create a human, it will take 18 years for that human to reach maturity, if you’re fortunate! If you are unfortunate, it can be 25 years later before your little human matures. Yes, I made a joke, but I am sure someone reading or listening to this will not find it funny because it is true! My point is this. In this third law or sowing and reaping, you will get out what you put in, no matter how long it takes. If you sow kindness and encouragement, you will reap the same, even if it takes some time for you to see it. By the same token, if you sow discord and negativity, you will eventually reap the same. I can almost guarantee that when you reap your harvest, you will remember what you did that caused that consequence. I say “almost” because if you have memory issues, it is not guaranteed. Sorry, that was not the best jab at humor. In case you don’t already know, this law is clear in the birthing process. You sow a seed, and if all goes well, around 9 months later, you will reap a healthy baby.
Law #4 – Sometimes you reap MORE than what you sow. I see this a lot in the church, at least the church that is not preaching prosperity. That is a whole other subject that I do not even want to get into. I am talking about the simple fact that God can “do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think…” (KJV – Ephesians 3:20) Some people sow a seed in church with a prayer that they will be blessed in a season of hardship and God will bless them beyond what they imagined. I am not just talking about money. You can sow your time and God will bless you with the desires of your heart and then some, as long as those desires are in alignment with the will He has for your life. Don’t get it twisted! God is not going to bless you with just anything. It has to be within His will, not yours. The bible also says in Luke 6:38, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over…” (KJV) I am a living witness to both of these verses. God has shown up and showed out in many of my circumstances. In case you have not figured out how you can reap more than you sow in the birthing process, think about this. It takes one sperm and one egg to make a baby. However, if that egg splits, you end up with twins, and just like that, you have reaped more than you have sown.
My hope is that with all of this reaping and sowing in the birthing process, it happens with married couples. However, I do realize that is not always the case. Even my own story does not fall into the best case scenario… So, I am in no way passing judgment. If you feel convicted, that is between you and God. I love you just the same, and He loves you too!
I hope you have enjoyed this post and episode. I want to thank my Pastor, Elder William Eakins, II for his insight into the subject of sowing and reaping. Until next time, I pray many blessings over your life!