Don’t Be Deceived

Written by: Steve Crowder

From his youth, Steve knew he was called into the ministry which ultimately led him to Applied Life Christian College in Arkansas. Now as Lead Pastor of Highway, after two decades of ministry experience, marriage and raising three kids, Steve teaches with unique insight and practical application.

June 17, 2020

Ok, did any of you fall for the #broomchallenge back in February on social media?  I’m sad to say that I totally did!  Yup, I had never heard of the urban myth before, so it was easy to be deceived.  Someone somewhere on the planet gave it a boost that went viral by tweeting that NASA said Monday was the only day the “standing broom” trick would work due to the earth’s gravitational pull.  So, pictures were taken of people standing up brooms and posted across the country on various social media platforms.  I had seen a few posted on Facebook and curiosity got the best of me…  Yes, the broom did stand when I attempted it…but it can also stand today, tomorrow and any other day this year that I choose to set it upright!  Simply stated, brooms have a low center of gravity right above the bristles, and it’s really not a big deal.  Hey, you can learn something new every day!

In one of the Apostle Paul’s letters in the New Testament to the Galatian church, Paul shares this simple but profound warning, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)

Sowing and reaping.  The laws of the spirit are reflected in the world around us everyday.  From farmers in the fields to the little neighborhood gardens in our backyards.  What seed you put in the ground (sow) will determine what fruit you harvest (reap).  An orange seed results in an orange tree.  A kernal of corn in the right environment results in a stalk of corn and so on. This also applies to the words we speak as well as our actions.  Every day you interact with people who are reaping the consequences of their actions.  But is this verse only about “bad” things we do…and God waiting to punish us? If that’s where your thoughts went, I want to challenge that this week.  Instead of reading this verse as a threat, read it with a new perspective as a promise!  The farmer does.

Every opportunity given to you, plant something good and life-giving.  Give words of encouragement to a coworker.  Be generous towards a stranger.  Bring your kids a surprise gift.  Do something nice for that special someone! Sow time into a productive hobby.  Drop an email to thank someone for being a great friend.  And the list goes on and on. The Biblical promise is this:  what we give out, we are going to receive back!

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