We have all heard that you reap what you sow. At some point in life, we have all said it or thought it. The question I present to you today is, “As Christians, do we have the ability to reap where we have NOT sown?” The below passage of scripture in Joshua made me take a second look at that age-old saying.
“So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant.” Joshua 24:13 NIV
If we believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins and took on the full wrath of God in our place, doesn’t that mean we reap what Jesus sowed? Colossians 2:11-15 makes it crystal clear that He paid the price for the sins we have committed so that we can operate in His righteousness. 1 John 4:17, “because as He is, so are we in this world.” If all of this is true, then we reap where we have not sown.
A Kingdom Perspective:
There is a World Perspective and a Kingdom Perspective that we are constantly weighing on the scales of our belief systems. There are promises for those in Christ that don’t apply to those not in Christ. The beauty is the decision is 100% up to us to join the family of God or not. If we make the decision to be in the family then we must discern what applies to us and what does not. Galatians 6:7 clearly states that a man reaps what he sows.
What does it mean when we sow a seed of faith in the redemption power of Christ?
One of the hardest things for me to believe was, I am righteous because of my belief in Jesus and not my ability to produce PERFECT CONDUCT. I have always felt like if I did not directly do something to deserve it, then I won’t get it. This way of thinking is self-righteous. Thinking like this negates the power of Jesus Christ on the cross. A self-righteous thought process throws favor, grace, and mercy out of the window. Beloved, don’t think about what you have EARNED and start thinking about what Jesus EARNED FOR YOU!
Reap Where You Haven’t Sown
Pastor Dennis Rouse of Victory World Church said, “Learn to receive what you have not earned.” Man, that word hit me in my soul. I was immediately convicted. Could it be that we are struggling with fear, worry, and doubt because we have a hard time reaping what we have not sown?
- Are we struggling to receive His favor in unprecedented ways?
- Have we turned grace into: “Earn it, then you will get it?”
- Is it possible that our own limited thinking makes a difficult situation worse?
I challenge you this week, Beloved! Pray and expect God to give you a land you did not toil and vineyards you did not plant. The wealth of the wicked is laid up for the righteous, and it is HARVEST TIME! Jesus was judged for the sins of man, and now we operate in His righteousness. As Pastor Jeff Lyle of New Bridge Chruch says, “Either you die for your sins, or Jesus dies for them – BUT NOT BOTH!”
Beloved, walk-in what Jesus died for you to have: unconditional love, peace, favor, mercy, grace, protection, and provision. There are so many promises for us to stand on as the righteousness of God. Psalm 34 is loaded with promises. If you are struggling to see yourself as the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, then please reach out to me. I would love to help you cross that bridge into intimacy with Jesus.
“For in this the saying is true: One sows and another reaps. I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”
John 4:37-38 NKJV
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