Sowing and Reaping


Galatians 6:6-10

In verse 6, Paul is talking about supporting the ministry, giving to the church. “Let him who is taught the Word share in all good things with him who teaches.” Paul is saying if you have been taught the good Word, go ahead and share your finances and material things with the one who teaches you. Communicate: literally, is “go ahead and share with” or “be a partner with.” A Koinonos is a partner, a sharer. What the apostle is writing to churches at Galatia is that those who belong to the church and are blessed by the Word of God are to share what they have with those who teach the way of the Lord. Let them be liberal in their response. Let them support the ministry graciously. Paul gives this instruction to the church at Corinth: “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (II Corinthians 9:7).

Willingness is the touchstone of reality. “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the first-fruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9-10). After this, Paul writes words of universal law: “For whatsoever a man sows” (talking about his giving) “that he will also reap” (talking about the harvest that comes from it). For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And then Paul adds; “Do not let us be weary in this ministry for in due season we shall certainly reap through the law of the harvest. Let us not faint or be weary in it.”

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