It’s no secret that John R. W. Stott is one of my very favorite writers. Today I want to share from one of his works a quotation that may help us focus on allowing the Holy Spirit to bear fruit in our lives.
Sowing to the flesh
“To ‘sow to the flesh’ is to pander to it, to cosset, cuddle and stroke it, instead of crucifying it. The seeds we sow are largely thoughts and deeds. Every time we allow our mind to harbor a grudge, nurse a grievance, entertain an impure fantasy, or wallow in self-pity, we are sowing to the flesh. Every time we linger in bad company whose insidious influence we know we cannot resist, every time we lie in bed when we ought to be up and praying, every time we read pornographic literature, every time we take a risk which strains our self-control, we are sowing, sowing, sowing to the flesh. Some Christians sow to the flesh every day and wonder why they do not reap holiness.”
–John Stott From “The Message of Galatians” p. 170.