We will all reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7)—yet it all begins with a single thought. Consider this passage from “The Harvest” (author unknown):
Sow a thought, reap an act.
Sow an act, reap a habit.
Sow a habit, reap a character.
Sow a character, reap a destiny.
What are we going to reap? As we approach the Passover and Days of Unleavened Bread, this would be an ideal time to stop and consider! Evaluate your thoughts!
Ask yourself, how do I think? What do I reap? What percentage of my thoughts are from the mind of Christ?
Do I follow Paul’s admonition in 2 Corinthians 10:5, which says to bring “into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ?” That certainly means every thought.
To rule over the thoughts of your mind, you must have the mind, the attitude, the determination and the character Jesus Christ had.
We can have that same mind and power through the Holy Spirit (Philippians 2:5).
That means we must exercise the will to resist fleeting evil thoughts.
We must yearn daily to sow the mind of Christ, that we may ultimately reap perfection (Matthew 5:48).
Here are some keys to guide us in this wonderful pursuit.
First, learn to recognize wrong thoughts.
It is easy for our minds to become enslaved to this world’s thinking. Read Romans 6:16.
One way to truly examine whether we have right thoughts is to look at our fruits—what we produce—and then compare them to the Galatians 5:19-26 works. Do we produce the right kind of fruits?
Consider also that Christ warned that entertaining, harboring or dwelling on evil thoughts breaks God’s law. He said, “Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart [mind]” (Matthew 5:28).
Second, and most importantly, you must want to overcome. This is a continuing need for the converted Christian.
God gives us the gift of repentance, and we must then use it (Romans 2:4). That means change; we must seek this desire daily to change.
Remember, the carnal mind does not want to overcome and is hostile toward God (Romans 8:7). The desire to change must come from God by using His Holy Spirit—sowing with the Spirit of God.
Third, we must resist wrong thoughts immediately.
The longer evil thoughts are allowed to stay in your mind, the greater are the chances they will come to fruition. Then you may reap an ugly situation—sin—and its penalties.
The longer you leave that thought, the harder it is to evict!
Though David let evil thoughts harbor in his mind, he learned to overcome this, and thereby learned great lessons: “I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments” (Psalm 119:60).
The thoroughly converted mind is one that utterly abhors evil and hastens to obey God.
Prayer and Bible study are keys to keeping close to God, along with meditation and fasting.
We then replace, through our prayer and study, wrong thoughts with God’s thoughts. We find greater depth in understanding God’s will. God expects His firstfruits to develop His thoughts.
Sowing God’s thoughts reaps righteousness.
Sowing righteousness reaps conversion.
Sowing conversion reaps perfection.
Sowing perfection reaps eternity!
As we examine ourselves during the approach to the Passover season, take stock of your thoughts and attitudes—and measure the fruits of the Spirit in your life.
In our families, in our marriages, and in our financial planning, what are we reaping? Unless we sow the Kingdom, we will not reap the Kingdom.
Many today will reap the whirlwind, for they have sown the wind. Evidence is all about us in Israelitish society. Israel is about to, and already has begun to in many cases, “reap the whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7).
Whatever doesn’t sow to godly character, deleaven—and then sow the thinking of God and His Son into your every thought and action. Make haste in the last hour, when Israel is past the point of no return.
Yes, it is easy to act, but so much harder to think.
Work at truly thinking on these things.