August 23, 2016 by maryruwe
The words “sow in righteousness” just keep going through my mind today. We know that the Bible teaches in Galatians 6:7 that we reap what we sow. To reap means to gather or to obtain the result of action or effort and there is only a reaping or gathering after there has been a planting or sowing.
We read in Hosea 10:12, “Sow to yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, til He comes and rains righteousness upon you.”
According to this Scripture we are to do four things:
- Sow righteousness
- Reap mercy
- break up our fallow ground
- seek the Lord
How long are we to do these things – until He comes and rains righteousness on us.
We sow righteousness to ourselves when we receive Jesus as Savior; receiving righteousness from the Righteous One-Jesus. The dictionary defines righteousness as just, conforming to truth or fact. It also means upright, being free from guilt. I like all those definitions but the one I like best is: to adjust or restore to a proper state or position; to bring to an upright position. That’s what Jesus did for us; He restored us to our position as a child of God.
In ourselves we have no righteousness. In ourselves we are not free from the guilt of sin. We have all sinned. Sin is guilt and the penalty for sin is death but Jesus paid that death penalty for us on the Cross. He was made sin for us – He took my sin and your sin and gave us His righteousness (Romans 5:12, 19, 2 Corinthians 5:21). This position of righteousness belongs to every born again believer – a right standing with God.
Mercy is compassion shown to an offender, a blessing resulting from divine favor, a price paid. Jesus dying on the Cross for us is His mercy for us. As a believer in Christ, we now have the position of son-ship with God our Heavenly Father. We are now joint-heirs with Christ. We were given the authority of Jesus’ Name, the Armor of God, and the Blood of Jesus to fight the battles of temptation and attacks of the enemy who is called Satan, the devil. (Matthew 28:18-20)
The next thing we are to do after receiving His Righteousness and His Mercy is to break up the fallow ground of our heart and mind so we can walk in the blessings of God. The word fallow means that something is left unseeded after being plowed, or uncultivated, dormant, and left inactive. If something is uncultivated or dormant, it’s idle as if asleep and will not produce or operate correctly. We are to break up the fallow (unused, idle, lazy, sleepy) ground of our heart by renewing our mind to the Word of God and by doing so we build our faith to believe Him for the promises in His Word.
We must sow God’s Word, His Righteousness, in us to reap all His blessings. We are to seek His face every day. As we do, He will show us any fallow ground in our heart that needs to be broke up and cultivated and brought under submission to His Word. He will instruct us on how to receive His Blessings, how to live and complete His plan for our lives. We are to seek the Lord, until He comes and rains righteousness upon us. He brings with His righteousness His blessings of abundance. God wants us to be abundantly blessed.
Make a commitment to sow His righteousness in your life – His Word. Make a renewed commitment to live according to His Word, and reap His Mercy and the benefits of His wonderful blessings.
Romans 5:12, 18,19 – Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned. Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s (Jesus) righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
John 10:10 – …I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Matthew 28:18-20 – And Jesus spoke to them saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you”.
Galatians 6:7 – Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap.
Psalm 40:11 – Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord; Let your loving kindness and Your truth continually preserve me.
Psalm 145:9 – The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.
Ephesians 2:4 – But God who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us.
Ephesians 6:10-18 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Hebrews 4:6 – Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Jude 1:21 – Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.