“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”
What does this verse mean? Paul is comparing our lives to a farmer who is sowing seed. If the farmer plants green bean seeds, green beans will grow. If he plants corn, corn will grow. We are not sowing seeds to grow food, we are sowing our works. If we do bad things, we will get eternal punishment but if we do good things, we will get eternal life with God.
Paul says in verse 7 that we cannot trick God. He knows what we are doing and why we are doing it. When we stand before Him in judgment, He will either be pleased with us or unhappy with our life (see also Romans 2:1-11). Let us live good lives so the Lord will be pleased with us.
Paul says to not grow tired, or weary, while doing what is good since we will have an eternal home in heaven with God. Sometimes it is not easy to do what is right. Sometimes we would rather not do something God wants us to do so we can do something we want to do. If our friends want us to go see a movie on Sunday night, should we miss church services so we can go to the movie? Of course not.
We must be busy doing God’s things first. Some people want to do bad things then hope that they won’t be punished. If they repent, God will forgive them. However, even if the sin is forgiven, sometimes they will have to suffer problems as a result of sin. So be careful what you do and say, for we will reap what we sow!