Reaping What We have not Sown

Galatians 6:7-8 – Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 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.

2 Corinthians 5: 17-21 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The Law of Sowing and Reaping is true both in nature and in our spiritual lives. The Bible is clear that our choices — both good and bad — will always produce significant consequences. At the same time, because Jesus reaped the consequences of the sin we sowed, we are able to reap forgiveness and righteousness that he sowed. In Christ, we can reap what we have not sown because he reaped what we did sow.