Let’s be realistic! We’re gonna get away with,
- Shading the truth now and then in order to facilitate our business dealings
- Refusing to clean up messy or unresolved relationships
- Dabbling with pornography and sexual fantasies
- Muscling and manipulating people to our advantage
Guess again! God has a law most of us would like to pretend does not exist: That of sowing and reaping:
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:7, 8)
Forty five years ago, as a teenager, I with intrepidity shared with a teenage friend and her boyfriend how Christ had changed my life. Mockingly, they brushed me off as intellectually naive and emotionally unstable. A decade and five children later, infidelity, child abuse, drugs, and alcohol had eaten away at their troubled marriage.
Recently I learned that she had committed suicide, and that her husband died four years later of a degenerative disease, exacerbated by stress and high alcohol intake.
And their five children? Well, to date, they have garnered six divorces; one is a professional criminal, and two struggle with chronic depression. Now in their late 30’s and early 40’s, most it seems, are finally settling down into careers.
The Scriptures warn us that one of God’s methods of judging rebellion is by allowing us to live with the consequences of our actions:
“Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the Lord… they will eat the fruit of their ways… ” (Proverbs 1:30a, 31b) (Note Proverbs 1:24-32; Lamentations 1, and Romans 1:24-32)
So, the question we must ask of ourselves is this, “Are we prepared to live with the inevitable aftermath of what we are presently sowing?” Because reap we will. Either for good or for evil.