Hello, and welcome to The Overflow Podcast. My name is Craig Booker. The title of this episode is You In Ten. A lot of the material for this week’s episode was inspired by Pastor Craig Groeshel’s book The Power to Change Mastering the Habits That Matter Most.
Note: I will talk a lot about mental health, but please note this is not a substitute for therapy or mental health care I am not a counselor or a physician if you need help with mental health challenges, please find a qualified mental health professional.
In this episode, we will be talking about You Reap What You Sow. So we’ve been talking a lot about habits we’ve probably said it a time or two that our habits shape your life. And you may have thought to yourself, “Where does God tell us in the Bible?” Where does God tell us this? And the real quick answer, the short answer is Galatians six.
But I want to dive into this.
In Galatians 6, God talks about habits, but he doesn’t necessarily just come out and say habits. So it says God doesn’t use the word habits. He uses the metaphor of seeds. In biblical times people lived in an agricultural society. People back then would understand the concept of planting seeds and harvesting crops. And their lives and their economy were largely based on farming.
Here in Galatians 6:7-9 it says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
There’s our basis for where God talks about, sowing seeds. You could translate that to be habits. So let’s establish some definitions: “to sow” means to plant or to put seed in the ground, “to reap” means to gather the fruit, the result of the seed planted. So this passage that we read starts out, “do not be deceived”. The idea here is don’t be led astray, don’t be fooled and it continues, “God cannot be mocked”. The Greek word translated “mocked” means to snub or thumb your nose at someone. You can do that to someone, but not God. Don’t be deceived, God cannot be mocked. You might fool a lot of people but you’re not going to fool God. The man reaps what he sows, that’s what we need to understand and not be stupid about. That’s Craig Groeschel’s words. That’s a quote from him, what does that mean?
You will harvest what you plant. So if you plant seeds of unhealthy habits you’re gonna reap the consequences of those unhealthy habits. If you’re reading the Bible on a regular basis, you’re gonna reap the benefits of that habit. Your outcomes will be determined by your inputs – is how they summarize this and the results of your life will be based on the decisions you make, the habits you stake, and the habits you break.
So in past episodes or past weeks we’ve talked about starting new habits to become the person we feel called to become. Each person is called to become someone. It’s the “who” they’re called to become and that takes some process to figure that out. But these habits are what we do to try to take steps towards the person we feel called to be.
Sowing seeds to the flesh versus the spirit. I want to discuss this and it says there’s a law at work. Not a law, like you must do this, more like how gravity is a law of nature. It’s how the world works. You don’t have to like it. You don’t have to agree with it. It says gravity works for you the same way it works with everyone. God tells us there is a lot of sowing and reaping. It’s true in agriculture and it’s in true in life. If you plant good habits you will get good outcomes, if you plant bad habits, don’t be deceived and expect good outcomes. So if you’re trying to be healthy, one of the things that I’m trying to do is eat right so that I can lose weight, and that will lead to me getting better sleep. I know that’s kind of an odd goal when it comes to eating right, but my goal with eating right is to lower my anxiety level by getting great sleep. So if I’m trying to sow healthy habits of eating right, if I go and eat a box of donuts and then tomorrow I go and maybe splurge on another dessert, should I expect that I’m going to continue to lose weight if I keep that up? I think it’d be foolish of me to continue to go beyond what I you know, what is reasonable to eat in my diet, and expect good results. So that’s just my personal example. If you don’t like what you’re reaping change what you’re sowing. If you don’t like the harvest, change the seed.
Each week, we have an exercise that’s typically listed in Craig Groeschel’s book. In this exercise, it says use this pattern for as many areas of your life as you need to address. He gives us two statements and they’re more like the fill in the blank type statements. God, I have sown ______ and have reaped ______ because of my habit of _______. That’s the first one. Then the second one, it says to change this outcome I need to start or stop my habit of ______. So help me to plant the seeds of ______ so I can reap _____. So obviously you have to fill these in to make sense of it. Let’s see if I can do it on the fly and it make any kind of sense here. So for my habits, my two habits that I’m working on are getting quality sleep and to take that a little bit further, I’m trying to eat right so I can lose weight and get better sleep in the end. So I need to start my habit of eating right, so help me to plant the seeds of and I don’t want to go in this blank but maybe it’s you know making reasonable choices in my meals so I can reap the results of losing weight and getting better sleep obviously my wording and example is not very great here, but hopefully it helps you get a better idea of what’s going on in this exercise. It’s going to help a whole lot if you personalize this exercise for yourself. Maybe you’re trying to stop a habit and you can fill in the blanks according to the habit that you’re wanting to stop.
We talked a lot about to become the person we feel called to become, there are habits we’re going to have to start, and there are habits that we’re going to have to stop. We’ve gone through and I tried to identify some of those habits over the weeks and so if you’re looking to do that, feel free to look through past episodes of the podcast and the notes to help you walk through that. We do have a principle for this section and it says “if you don’t like what you’re reaping change what you’re sowing”. If you don’t like the harvest, change the seed. The second one is “you will always harvest what you plant”. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. Then, we have a verse Galatians 6:7-8 NLT, it says, “But those who live to please the spirit will harvest everlasting life from the spirit.”
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