Galatians 6:6-8 (KJV)
6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting
How are you at letting your pastor know that you enjoyed his sermon? I would say many of us probably do okay with that. But this verse tells us to take it one step further. He says we should communicate good things to those who teach. We should tell our pastors why that message was good for us and what we will do to improve our lives because of his message. Did the message speak to an area where I was struggling, or something I was dealing with? Perhaps his message gave me inspiration in my studies. I know many times I tell me Pastor his message inspired a message I was to preach. Or he inspired a poem (which sometimes I write as he preaches because I will forget it after).
The same thing applies to our Sunday school teachers. How does the Sunday School lesson apply to me? How can I put it to use in my life? What areas of my life can be improved because of that Sunday school message? Am I involved in the lesson that day, answering questions that are asked? Do I take the time to read the lesson ahead of time? All of these things will be a blessing to your teacher.
I can speak from experience that there is no more encouragement and edification for a Sunday school teacher or minister then to hear what truth somebody pulled out of their message. It shows that we were listening and that we were listening with intent. It shows that we are teachable and interested in hearing what they have to say. It lets them know the Holy Spirit is moving on hearts and minds through the message. This is powerful in letting them know they are hearing from God and delivering something good for the hearer. Believe me, as a minister, it is easy to wonder if you reached anybody sometimes. I realize it is only our duty to present what God has given us. But it is hard when no one says anything after the service. It’s not that our pride needs to hear the words. It is just confirmation to us that God has worked through us to touch the people.
One thing that you should not do is tell them what they did wrong. That should be done in a private setting especially if they aired from the truth because it might take a longer discussion and no one should be privy to that except you and that teacher. There is a time and a place for correction, but you better make sure you study it out before you go to am Pastor or teacher and tell them they are in error. Then make an appointment with them and let them know you have some questions about their message. Go in love and ask the questions as you search for the truth. I have also done this with my Pastor, and usually find that I am wrong in what I thought he said. I then thanked him for the clarification, and he thanked me for pointing it out the misunderstanding. It turned out to be edifying for both of us. The main thing we need to do is to edify them that are communicating good things to us by communicating good things back to them.
Now think about who else teaches you. How about your wife? Do you learn lessons from your children, no matter what age? How about your bosses at work? This should not only apply to people that are teaching the word although that is what Paul is referring to. We should communicate good things that we have learned to those that are special and important in our lives. This will do the same thing for them as it does for a minister or Sunday school teacher. Let’s do all we can to encourage those that teach us in life.
Verses 7 & 8 we have all heard over and over again. The things that we do will come back to haunt us or bless us. Which would you prefer getting? I look at all the people that sow negatively all the time and I wonder if they realize that all they’re doing is multiplying the negative things in their life when they do that. I wonder if they realize that if they would just start contemplating the good things and the mercy that’s happening to them instead of the bad things that their life would turn around and improve. It might take some time but we will always reap what we sow in every area of life. I was just having this discussion with my daughter this morning. My middle daughter is going through a tough stretch in life right now, and she has been sowing more negativity than I have ever seen her. We both agreed that she needs to try and pick herself up in that area. I talked to her a little bit this afternoon, but we got interrupted before I could get to this., She said she’d call me back and I hope she does.
I think people forget what impact a simple Facebook post can have! It is a wonderful medium, and I love to use it, but I do not use it to post my personal life very often. I use it to update people on my cancer progress (which is very good by the way), post my poems, and occasionally some updates on house projects or family events. Rarely do I use it to voice my political concerns, sports loyalties or religious viewpoints. Ven more rarely will I post my moods or feelings. People misinterpret thing, they take them the wrong way, the read into things and make up their own stories and gossip from a simple Facebook post. Let’s all be careful what we put out there. We will reap what we sow!
I love this medium (WordPress) because we choose who we want to follow and stay in our comfort zoned or maybe go a bit outside when choosing. Most times the comments are constructive and on target. I have run across very little spam. It’s a safe environment to air your views if you like. If people want to stay away from it they will!
I like especially that the portion on sowing and reaping is after the listing of the fruit of the spirit in the previous chapter. We talked about this when talking about the Fruit of the Spirit. When we saw joy we will reap Joy. When we sow peace we will reap peace. As we do these things in every area of fruit we will find those things come more alive in our lives. That’s why Paul goes on to say that if we sow to the flesh we will reap of the flesh and those things will corrupt us. If we sow gossip we will reap gossip. If we sow backbiting we will reap backbiting. If we sow negative thoughts we will reap negative thought. But if we sow of the spirit everlasting life is the result. I think I’d rather take the latter
There is no end to the list of things we can sow and reap. Our task is to sow good things into other peoples lives. This includes our communication (verses 6-7) with others. It includes our disposition around others. Every area of our lives is governed by the law of sowing and reaping. We often tend to apply it to our financial resources only. I pray you will not do that anymore. It does cover that area, but there is so much more to it. Walk in the Spirit and allow this truth to build you up in the Lord continually.