Proclaim. Mobilize. Equip.
Call 866-865-6253

The Principle of Grace: Do We Reap What We Sow?

May 8, 2019

There is a principle of law in the Bible that says, “You reap what you sow:”

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction. (Galatians 6:7-8)

If that was all we had in the Bible, none of us could have hope before God.

But there is also the principle of grace: “Here the saying holds true: ‘One sows and another reaps’” (John 4:37). Grace means that you can reap what someone else has sown.

The heart of the gospel is that we get to reap what Jesus has sown.

Thank God that the principle of grace is bigger, greater, and stronger than the principle of law. Here is good news for every person today. You do not need to reap what you have sown. You can reap what Jesus has sown!

Jesus did the great work of living that perfect life, and then of laying it down for you. He labored and toiled and suffered and died to sow the seed; we get the joy of reaping eternal life through faith in him. 

The pain was his; the blessing is ours. We reap that for which we did not labor (John 4:38).

Our ministry is to bring in the harvest that Christ has sown. We get the great reward of gathering fruit for eternal life, so that Christ, the sower, and we, the reapers, may rejoice together in his promises, with an inexplicable joy forever and ever.

[This sermon clip was taken from Pastor Colin’s sermon, “He is the Savior,” from his series Meet Jesus – Part 2.]


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the Senior Pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the President and Teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



Explore this topic further

Is the Bible Always Literal?

The word literal is complicated. According to one of the first definitions in the dictionary, literal means: “adhering...to the ordinary construction of primary meaning of a term or expression.” In other words, being literal can just mean saying what you mean to say, giving primary importance in the moment to...

Read Post

Trusting God in a Troubled World

Followers of Jesus have hope in a troubled world. Paul describes it as “the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). Another way of saying this would be eternal life: life that is not marred by the brokenness all of us know and are experiencing right now. The glory that followers of...

Read Post

The Greatest [Love] Story Ever Told

The whole Bible is a love story. It begins with God, and God is love. Before anything else existed, love flowed between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Jesus says to the Father, “You loved me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). I still remember when...

Read Post
For your gift of any amount

Listener Favorites 2020

The most requested sermons from the past year

Get Unlocking the Bible's Weekly Email

"This Week at Unlocking the Bible" features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.

Share Your Story and Prayer Requests

If you have a testimony or story you would like to share or if you have a prayer request, please use the form below. If you would like someone from our staff to call you, please include your phone number.

We will never sell or misuse your information.

Learn more about resources
to help you face the current crisis and begin living courageously.

Get Unlocking the Bible’s Weekly Email

“This Week at Unlocking the Bible” features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.