Sowing and Reaping

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Galatians 6:7

A wise teacher once said, “Sow a thought reap a deed; sow a deed reap a habit; sow a habit reap a destiny.” Let’s think about this for a few moments. Sowing invokes the picture of a farmer scattering or planting seed. Sowing implies the intent to produce something; with sowing comes the expectation that something will grow. A natural follow up to sowing is nurture and cultivation.

When you sow a thought, it is only natural for it to produce a deed, to result in some kind of action or behavior. Then when you nurture and cultivate that behavior it naturally produces a habit, which if sown or continued will produce a destiny.

Now, you may be thinking that this is being written as a warning and it is. It’s a warning against sowing bad thoughts and reaping bad deeds, bad habits, and undesired destinies. But it’s also an encouragement. It’s an encouragement to sow good thoughts which yield positive behaviors, develop positive habits, and lead to rewarding destinies. What you sow can be good or bad.

That’s the point of the verse following today’s focal verse: “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.” (Galatians 6:8) This is written to encourage and inspire all Christians to be motivated and led by the Spirit of God. If we sow to please the Spirit, we will produce fruit that lasts and reap the destiny God desires for us.

What are you sowing in your thoughts, deeds, and habits? Are they designed to please the flesh or please the Spirit?


Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church