Can apples grow on an orange tree?

21 Apr

This is a continuation on the passage in Galatians that was done here

Galatians 6:7-10

7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[a]will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Don’t be led astray, God is not mocked.

v. 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

Mocked is being fooled or ridiculed, as kids (and those with siblings) you’ll get picked on, tease and tricked etc etc.



Mocking God is rebelling against Him, it is knowing God’s law and turning away from it.

God is not mocked, and cannot be mocked. We cannot go against what God has commanded.



We can fool each other, our parents, our cell leaders, our Pastor, but saying this with respect we’re not fooling anyone that matters. God cannot be fooled or deceived. God knows everything that happens.


Remember who God is. 1 Timothy 6:16 if we were to see God we would die. All of us will face God one day. Don’t for one second think, I can get away with this or God doesn’t see this.



A man reaps what he sows. It makes sense when you think about it.

When we want an orange tree, we plant…. orange seeds. Apple tree, apple seeds and so on.



You wouldn’t expect Apples to grow on an orange tree, nor vice versa.


In the same way if we sow sin, don’t think God will bless you for that. Whatever we plant we will harvest that. From that nature will reap destruction, some other translation destruction is decay.


You won’t be able to mock God, go against his law and have His blessings.

v. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[a]will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

What is a sower? A sower is someone who plants seeds.

What is a reaper? A reaper is the one that harvests the seeds when they are ripe.

So what does this mean for us spiritually? Someone who sows seeds in the spirit will produce fruits in the spirit. One who sows in the world will produce fruits of the world leading to destruction.



We sow to please the spirit which will reap eternal life. What seeds are we going to put into the ground?

It is all a matter of what we plant. Who are we trying to please? Are we going to just please ourselves? Or please the spirit? In due time, we will see what will grow.



As believers the Holy Spirit is in us, we have a desire to do the right thing, but the Bible says that our flesh has sinful desires. Our body has desires that go contrary to God’s laws.


God knows what is going on, he knows when we sin, and when we sow to please the spirit and we will reap it at the end. what we sow will be seen.

v. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

The first part of the verse looks as us to “…not become weary in doing good…”. Let us never stop in our good works, let us not be discouraged and not be tired from the work we do. The main point of this part of the verse is to not slacken down, get tired, burned out or stop what we are doing before the harvest is even plowed or planted.



What is there in your service do you feel you are slackening off in? How will you use this verse as an encouragement to keep going on in what you do?

For at the proper time we will reap a harvest. This would be a slightly frustrating thing. Because what we feel is proper maybe (or most likely) different to what God deems to be proper.

I can’t cook and don’t know much about food. I am not going to walk into a kitchen and go hmm why don’t you try this, or do that and therefore making it better. Just because I watched every kitchen nightmare, and every Hell’s kitchen episode there is out there doesn’t make me a chef. I have no experience in the kitchen.



So who am I? I should just let the cook\chef do what they need to do.


If we question God’s timing it’s the creation arguing with the creator.


We live in an arrogant society, that everyone’s opinion becomes important. Everyone believes we have the answer for everything, everyone’s voices wants to be heard and taken note of, we think we know… but we’re talking about God I’m pretty sure His opinion over rules ours.

It came to my mind that… when we question God in anything, we are all in over our heads.



God has love and mercy beyond our comprehension, his ways and thoughts are so far beyond us. So we should just accept that and come under Him accepting Him as a Sovereign God.

v. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Don’t be led astray, God is not mocked.

There is a season for everything, and now is the season, to do good to all people.

We have this opportunity, let us do good to all people especially to those who belong to the same family of believers.



We have this opportunity today, we might not have it tomorrow or next week, so whilst we still have it, while it is still ‘seed’ time where we sow into what pleases the spirit, do what we can to love, comfort and care for the people around us and especially our brothers and sisters in Christ.


Time flies by. And life is fragile. There are a few members of our church in hospital now.


I have heard this said by a few of our members ‘I can’t believe I’m (insert age here) and it feels like yesterday we were (insert nice memory here)’ The Bible tells us that our life is short, so while we have the opportunity, do good.

The time is now, are we serious about God? Do we realize how big God is?

Nothing in our lives matters, except what we do for God. Every ounce of energy and money we spend on worldly things is a waste. I know I regret a lot of the energy I’ve put into relationships and worldly possessions.

What are we investing our lives in? How should we be investing our lives? What priorities do you need to change around to invest in the “right things”?

We need to self evaluate and think is this what God would want for me, to do with my time, passion and effort?

Let’s remember God is a gracious and forgiving God. And He has given us his Holy Spirit to guide us and lead us in our lives. Lets continue to encourage one another and building each other in faith to pursue God and His will for us. Sowing into our lives what pleases Him.

What are you sowing into your life?

Devotion done by Deb and James

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