Are You a Faithful Sower?

In Galatians 6 the heading for this chapter reflects “doing good to all.”  This is important guidance which should encourage us to proceed in a direction that will help others.  Upon review of the opening of Galatians 6 we are asked to “carry each other’s burdens” (vs. 2).  As we read about Jesus Christ in the New Testament, we observe his actions and understand he was a servant for mankind who did good for all and certainly carried other’s burdens.  What a role model for us which guides us regarding the importance of sowing quality seeds that perhaps can assist with the burdens of others!

Bible tells is that “a man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7/NIV).  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/NIV).  This passage clearly informs us that as we sow seeds while seeking to please the Spirit (God), a positive outcome will occur!  However, those who sow in a manner to “please their flesh” will “reap destruction” which is not desired!   This way of thinking and viewing the probable outcomes certainly reflects a dichotomous way of discernment which should make it easier to decide what actions to take when sowing seeds!

As we decide, and begin to sow seeds, the Bible provides insight regarding if a good decision was made: “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else” (Galatians 6:4/NIV).  As we observe the fruit of our labor, that alone should confirm that a good decision was made.  As we judge for ourselves if our work was that which God would honor and be pleased with, the fruit will be present of which we may be proud, and we would not need to measure our worth as compared to someone else. 

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:9-10/NIV).  In consideration of the passages reviewed, please plan to sow seeds in a manner that will please the Spirit (God) which will reap greater rewards than could be possibly imagined.  As Jesus Christ taught, and certainly role modeled, do not become weary, continue to sow good seeds while doing good for all people!  Are you willing to become “A Faithful Sower?”

Many blessings to you!


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3 thoughts on “Are You a Faithful Sower?

  1. Cynthia Hudnall September 4, 2021 / 9:55 AM

    Hello, I subscribe to “A Faithful Sower,” and perhaps I missed the post, but can you address a teaching on how to pray for a family member who is not a believer, but has a terminal condition? I have been a Christian since I was a teenager, and I am now 55. The way in which to effectively pray for another who is facing poor prognosis and negative outcomes has eluded me. I want to pray effectively, and earnestly. I want a miracle and for complete healing, but what I want and what God’s plans are may not be conducive to His purpose for the family and the individual fighting this disease. My nephew has Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 4. He is only 13. His younger brother was just diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just months apart. My brother is not a Christian. They live in the UK. My older sister and I are the only Christians in our family. I am asking for guidance on how to pray, and what words. I want to effectively intercede on my nephews and brother’s behalf, and yes, even life-long Christians need guidance.
    Thank you for your daily teachings and the comfort they provide to so many! The world will always be uncertain. I believe God does have a plan and His timing is perfect. God Bless!

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    • Darryl Orrell September 4, 2021 / 9:37 PM

      Ms. Hudnall,

      Thank you for reaching out about your family’s needs and how to pray for them. When it comes to prayer, whether praying for a family member, a friend, or even a stranger, the best advice I can offer is to always pray from your heart. Romans 8:28 teaches us that “the Holy Spirit helps our weakness; for we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” God knows the compassion and suffering that stirs your heart about those whom you love. The most effective prayer is one that genuinely comes from a person’s heart. The apostle Paul, in Philippians 4:6, tells us to “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” God knows what is in your heart, so pour it out for Him to hear, for He always hears and answers our prayers.

      Heavenly Father, We recognize Your supreme righteousness as the creator of all things. I come before Your throne of grace to lift the needs of a man who does not know Your only begotten Son, Jesus, as his Savior and Lord. Father, I ask that you send a messenger to intervene, someone who can reach this man’s heart with the life-saving words of the gospel. As You know, time is urgent, for this man faces a terminal condition, but we also ask that You extend to him miraculous healing, just as we see throughout Your written word. Father, we also lift to you a nephew fighting stage 4 kidney disease and his younger brother who is dealing with Type 1 diabetes. We ask that you lay Your mighty healing hands upon them too, for renewed health and strength. Father, we ask these things not as a last resort but as the first line of defense against the hardships of this fallen world. Lord, we ask that You blanket sister Cynthia with Your comfort, peace of mind, and the assurance that You hear every word she prays. Words that the Holy Spirit empowers to echo throughout the heavens. Father, we trust by faith that You will answer our prayer in the affirmative, but Lord, if You have a different plan, then our greatest prayer to You this hour is not for our will to be done, but Yours. Father, we lift this prayer to You in the blessed and holy name of Your Son, Jesus, Amen!

      Please keep us posted on how we can continue to lift you and your family in prayer. If you are on Facebook, I invite you to become a member of “The Prayer Room,” supported by AFS. “The Prayer Room” gives us quick, responsive access to hundreds of fellow Christians worldwide who band together to lift prayers to our Father in heaven. If you are interested, click the link below. If not, please keep us posted either by email or through another post such as this one.

      The Prayer Room:
      https://www.facebook.com/groups/844614196337435

      Blessings,
      Darryl Orrell

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    • James Reasor September 5, 2021 / 6:39 PM

      Hi Ms. Hudnall!

      Thank you for reaching out to us with your question about how to pray for someone regarding their physical needs and concerns as well as their faith and beliefs.

      Thank you for you sharing your faith and beliefs with us and for giving us your testimony! When you share your testimony I believe that is part of the Great Commission discussed in Matthew chapter 28. As you kindly share your faith and beliefs with others, they may see the love in your heart and your caring nature which may lead them to want to know more about Jesus Christ. As such, you can share your faith and beliefs further about Jesus and perhaps present The plan of salvation to them and mentor them through the salvation process.

      The Bible has taught me a lot about praying. As you read all the way through the Bible from the Old testament to the New testament you see many people praying routinely, how they prayed and what they prayed for. That offers guidance for me as to how I should pray. There are occasions where I perceive a need with someone but I don’t know exactly what to for but I pray and lift up my concern anyway and know that God’s will, will be done.

      In the New Testament, Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray. What better teaching and example for us to follow as we pray. Perhaps this can be good guidance for you. It certainly is for me!

      I have a daily prayer routine where I pray for people with medical needs as well as salvation needs. I have been praying over this list for several years. As I lift these names up to God I pray that he would intervene and his will be done. Also pray that as I planted seeds, watered and fertilized that that may have made a difference for that person. I pray that if what I did was not helpful enough that God would send someone behind me to water and fertilize.

      I hope this helps. I also reviewed Darryl Orrell’s feedback which is also great guidance! Many blessings to you!
      James Reasor

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