What you sow is what you will reap. This is quite the true statement and one we find laid out in Galatians 6:7-8. Coming right off of Galatians 5:16-26, where Paul has described the war between the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit, we see the results of both sides, what one will find if he gives into the flesh or if he rests in the Spirit. To think we can sow in one to receive the harvest of the other is deception and foolishness (v. 7). Satisfaction in the flesh will result in death and corruption while the fruit of the Spirit gives life (v. 8). Yet, this life is not lived out in isolation. No, if we desire to delight in the fruit of the Spirit, we are called to be in community with others. This is important to understand, because when we do, we will see the essential reality of the church. To walk in the fruit of the Spirit means to be in relationship with other Christ-followers. Consider this: how can a Christian walk in the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, and so on if they are not in relationship with others? The truth is they cannot! For Christians to abide in this fruit, they must be part of a fruitful community, namely the church. They need to be doing life-on-life with other believers. What exactly does life-on-life look like? Paul gives us a few examples in Galatians 6: to restore one another in a spirit of gentleness (v. 1), to bear one another’s burdens (v. 2), to share all good things with your teachers (v. 6), and to do good with one another, especially your brothers and sisters in Christ (v. 10). That said, God does not expect us to live the Christian life alone. He has not set it up where your walk with Him is simply “just me and Jesus”. He has given us a community of believers and the authority of church leadership to spur us on to forsake sin and look to Jesus. May we be a fruitful community, one who sows the gospel in the Spirit and awaits for that to be reaped.
- How have you neglected your commitment to God’s gift of the church? How will you reap in the Spirit through your commitment with a local church?