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Verses 8-9: “for the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.”

Some of the books I have kept from my childhood and shared with our children and others have to do with the adventures of Josh McBroom and his family and their wonderful one-acre farm, whose soil was so rich, you could grow anything in it in no time flat (The McBroom stories were authored by Sid Fleischman…a lot of them are out of print, but you can probably find them in libraries). Anyway, the soil was so rich, that besides garden vegetables growing to miraculous sizes, ordinary things would grow too (like tacks into nails, marbles into boulders, and so forth). The farm had been a boggy pond that dried up over time and was nitrogen rich.

The person who inadvertently sold them this farm was Hector “Heck” Jones, whose farm was pitiful; he was always scheming to get the land back from McBroom. One night he spread out a bunch of weed seed, which resulted in the whole McBroom family and friends battling weeds for a time, just to clear the ground of them. Don’t worry, Jones got his comeuppance in “McBroom Tells the Truth” (copyright 1966 by Fleischman).

The illustration here was that whatever was planted grew incredibly big and fast, whether it be vegetables or weeds. The passage today, in contrast, refers to what is sown. As human beings, we are constantly sowing seeds…if you sow seeds in the material things of this world, don’t expect anything short of corruption in the long run. Sowing in the Holy Spirit, in God’s direction, will yield a bounty like none that Josh McBroom could’ve gotten from his farm. So what are you planting today?

Something to think about.

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