|From a Father's Heart: A Bountiful Harvest
By: Dick Karman
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Galatians 6:7-8)
This may be one of the most important verses for home educators today. No matter what methods we use or what motivates us to educate our children, we cannot deny God's sovereignty. God will not be mocked! When you sow the seeds of righteousness in your children, you will reap the blessing of godliness in your children and in your children's children. If we sow the seeds of the world or even allow them to grow unchecked, that is what we shall reap. It's a promise from God.
"I don't see righteousness in my children," you may say. Be patient. Be faithful. You may be expecting immediate results. You may be wanting results without waiting for God's timing . God doesn't give you instant gratification, yet His promises are the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
As you take the role of a parent who is faithful to God's plan, you must keep your eyes on the things that are above, not on the things here below (Colosians 3:2) Remember, some crops take longer than one season to come to maturity. You can trust HIM to reap what you sow.
During the schooling years it is impossible to know everything that God has planned for our children. Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. (1 Cor 2:9) We can't imagine what great things God has in store for our children.
Don't fall into the trap of the world. People today says, "it's OK as long as we don't get caught." The morals of the nation seem to be built on this premise. As parent we can look on our students and say, "maybe I didn't get everything done, but the kids don't look too worse for wear." Don't be deceived.
God is specific: "whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap." Man today has been blinded by the ways of the world. You may not reap in the same season, but you will reap! "Maybe I'll get by this one time." To just "get by" isn't what God had planned. The best for your children and your children's children is God plan.
There's more to the passage in Galatians: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Gal 6:7-9)
Parents today are not reaping in due season (even though they have sown the seeds of righteousness) because they grow faint and fall away from God's plan. They give up on home education because they don't believe God's promises. They're throwing away the blessing that God has in store for them. Perseverance is not just something that we use in a spelling lesson. Perseverance is something that we need to teach by example. Home school mothers and fathers, don't grow weary in well doing - raising Godly sons and daughters is the best well doing you can be doing. Seek God's will. Don't grow weary. Faint not!
Dorothy and Dick Karman live in Oregon and homeschooled their two children from birth through graduation. They founded the Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network in 1985. Dick currently serves as Chairman of the Board and Dorothy is publications director.
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