I was driving down the highway, on my way home. I was praying and talking to the Holy Spirit about a whole mess of things, mainly the mess of things that I am. But then my attention moved from me to a post I’d recently read and strongly disagreed with. It was a post characterized by a message that screams “works” rather than “the finished work of the Cross in grace.”
The post had bothered me, but mainly because I understood the heart of it, however much I disagree with the *way* it was said. The phrase that kept running through my heart was Galatians 6:7.
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”
And as I began to meditate on that Scripture, I felt Jesus whisper to my heart…
“That verse has been misunderstood long enough. It doesn’t mean what you think it means.”
Please Jesus… do tell.
See, here’s the deal. That Scripture is often preached tied with a good ol’ tithing message, or a good “let’s get our butts out of the seat call to arms” message. And you know what. Neither are actually fully wrong. The fact remains that there are eternal rewards for our earthly obedience. Of course there are. He’s a Just King.
He’s also a Gracious Savior. And here’s the deal. After Jesus basically told me I hadn’t actually encountered Galatians 6:7 yet, I pretty much encountered Galatians 6:7
Guys. The finished work of the Cross is the ultimate seed sown. He is the seed. He is the one who plants and the one who waters and the one who causes increase in regards to our righteousness, to our obedience. He is not mocked, He will absolutely receive the reward for His suffering. And that’s you and me. Our work of faith is the work of faith. To believe. To believe He has planted the ultimate seed, that that seed died and came alive again in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. That seed has increased in government and it will know no end in fruitfulness. Every spiritual seed that will ever be sown was already sown in the sacrifice, death and resurrection of our Christ. Everything else stems from that. Our heart’s obedience is a fruit of that seed. Our testimony, our life. It all is.
Ahhhh, that’s what He meant when He said He is the vine and we are the branches.
So. What do we do? We press forward and plant ourselves in His sacrifice, in His life and His works. In His ability to do or choice not to, and we secure ourselves in knowing our works matter less than our heart postures. There’s work to be done, yes. There is very much a battle raging, yes. But then, the work is finished and the battle has already won. So we live out of that reality. That Heaven comes down to Earth.