March 1958 “What Are You Sowing?” Late Mr. N. Daniel
Hosea.8:7 “They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.”
Where are you sowing? What are you sowing? One should ask himself these questions. A farmer takes hold of proper seeds and sows them in the proper field. In the proper time, he reaps a good harvest. Those who sow spiritual truth are not able to do this. This is because they lack the Spirit’s wisdom. They are in the dark. Where Christ is not - it is all darkness. Jesus said. "I am the light of the world. He that followeth me shall not have darkness but shall have the light 0 f life." (John 3:12). A man who does not have this light of life does not know what he is sowing or what he is going to reap.
Here Hosea is speaking about idolatry. Those who worship idols do not know what is purity. They do not know what is righteousness. Their conscience dies. When the conscience is not lighted, one can stoop to anything. There is nothing to stop them. There is nothing in Hinduism to awaken a dead conscience. The caste system and calling some people untouchables is the work of men whose conscience is dead. Blinded by pride, Indians have accepted these attitudes and have brought the country to great ruin. They have sown the wind and are reaping the whirlwind. Our country has become a land without justice and truth. They say that a dog’s life, an ant's life, and a man's life are of equal value. The ancients have in their blindness sown such thoughts, and idolatry will never allow a country to prosper. A man who worships idols and worships wealth and lands will surely reap the whirlwind. Once in Christian countries, slave trade was going on. Christians fought against this in Parliaments. In South Afri.ca, white people feel very superior to blacks. Christian preachers have been condemning this attitude. But in our country, there is no one who shelters a man of low caste to do him good. Gandhi tried to do this, but his effort ended with himself.
can idolators find light? God hates idolatry. He has
expressed it in the first two commandments. Jeroboam, the king
set up golden calves as idols and made
Gal.6:7,8 He who sows the lusts of the flesh cannot pray effectively. He will not have a hunger for righteousness. The lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life will draw us out of the will of God. He that doeth the will of God abideth forever. In Christian life, the lust of the eyes and pride of life will not allow you to grow into love. They will make you selfish. You will want everything for yourself only. When you look at the houses of others you will want such houses for yourself. You will want such jewels for yourself. You will want those lands for yourself. Your desires will cling to perishable things. He who hungers after righteous things will long for holiness. He will be satisfied with simple attire and simple food. He will want to follow those who would spend very little on themselves. It is good to desire the holy life of saints. But we should not desire the honour which God gave them.
Some people think that as soon as
they become evangelists. they should not do any work.
It is a very wrong thing to love comfort and ease. Such people cannot glorify
God. Those who love wealth should remember Lot's wife and Lot's wealth in
you apply yourself diligently to answer these questions, you will become wise.
If you stand to the end, you will find rest and receive your part in God's glorious
kingdom. Daniel was diligent to keep himself from defilement. “I have heard of
thee that you have the spirit of the holy gods. You have light and understanding
and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods", said the queen. Morning, noon and
night, Daniel was sowing to the spirit in his chamber. He reaped the fruit of
this in the lion's den. The king saw it and said that “Daniel's God alone was
the living God and steadfast for ever: His dominion shall be even unto the end.”
He saw a vision that the saints will receive authority to rule. They will reign
for ever and ever. Those who sow purity like Joseph will reap a great harvest.
Those who control their temper and carefully direct their conversation and
actions to be an example are sowing to the spiritual life of their children.
They will reap a great harvest in their children's life. Husbands who beat their
wives and rai1 at their children are going, to reap a very bad harvest in their
children. All your labour is after all for the good
of your children. But this way you will ruin them. Are you seeking eternal
things? He who prays in the spirit is sowing deeply to a rich harvest. He will
surely see victory. He will surely bear fruit. His fruit will remain. Nehemiah
asked for help from the king. The king assisted him with gold and silver. What
for? To build the walls of