Sowing to the Spirit

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The one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life - Galatians 6:8

Planting out seeds is an act of faith: faith that something will grow; faith that what grows will grow well; and faith that what grows well will end up looking something like the picture on the packet. There are no instant results in gardening, and certainly not in farming. Fields sown with Asparagus will take years to produce a decent crop, and patience needs to grow alongside the crop.

There is a similar pattern in the spiritual life. You can try and build a habit of prayer, but grow discouraged because you can see no results after a month or so. You can set aside a little while each day to read your Bible, but find the practice still feels dry a few weeks in. What is the point?

In the end it is often patience we lack, rather than effort. Stickability is a spiritual discipline to set alongside our daily routines. Foolish indeed would be the farmer who re-ploughs the field after a week because shoots cannot be seen. More foolish the Christian who gives up praying before God answers.

The Bruised Reed

A bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench (Isaiah 42:3) - Whilst we should not seek adversity, we shouldn’t fear it. And when you do feel weak, do remember: “a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench”.

Those Who Know

but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. (Daniel 11:32) - There is a great difference between knowing something, and knowing about something. Head knowledge is useful, but is only half the story. Heart knowledge is needed too.

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