“If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit.” vs. 8
Most world religions subscribe to a principle similar to that laid out by Paul in his letter to the Galatians. Human beings reap whatever they sow! Whether as nations or as individuals, there are always consequences for actions. Paul believed that it was a matter of focus. What do we pay more attention to? What do we feed first, flesh or Spirit? Most of us seem to focus first on the flesh…from an early age we concentrate on accumulation, wealth, and the gratification of fleshly desires. It’s what we learn from parents and peers and from the values of our country. As one presidential candidate famously said, “It’s the economy, stupid!” The implication is plain: if the GNP is going up, all is well! Naturally we enjoy material prosperity…all people do. But if that’s the focus of our lives there will be consequences…sowing to the flesh always reaps corruption. Paul tells us that sowing to the Spirit is the way of wisdom and the route to eternal life. Nationally that means paying attention to the commonweal and values like generosity and kindness. Individually it means tending to our inner selves, that place deep in our hearts where love, joy, and peace take root and grow. Paul is right: what we sow is what we reap!
Thought for the Day: What values drive our nation?