The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. (2 Corinthians 9:6 ESV)
The Bible is brimming with the concept of sowing and reaping, from cover to cover.
This idea is very familiar to the original readers of the Bible, who would be quite versed in agricultural life. Simply put, you will reap (or, gather) the very types of plants that you have sown (or, planted), given normal circumstances of cultivation.
Likewise, we will reap in life what we have sown in life. If we sow seeds of division, or apathy, or lust, those things we should expect to manifest. If we sow seeds of truth, or godly zeal, or holiness, we should expect those things to manifest.
This principle is quite simple, yet often neglected.
Perhaps we feign humility and think that God, who is sovereign, will simply work all things out anyway, so there’s no need to take responsibility for our actions. Such excuses are antithetical to God’s word! Yes God is sovereign, and yes we have a responsibility!
As we come to the new year, let us take inventory – what things are we reaping, and how can we sow in a more godly way, that we might reap good things, for God’s glory?