CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES…


Galatians 6:7-10 – – “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” NKJV

Some years ago, I stayed up late and watched the Texas Rangers collapse in the World Series.  I do not watch professional sports anymore but when I watched that I thought of the contrast in the different styles and thoughts about the game of baseball and the lives of the two managers.  The thought came to me that one had a philosophy that the game of baseball does what it wants, and you just more or less watch it play. The other believed it was up to him to make the decisions, push the right buttons, and demand things from his players and actions have consequences.  One was right the other was wrong.

Life does not “just happen!”  It is the composite of our choices. The positives and negatives in life are always directly connected and traceable to our choices.  I realize that the above text has nothing to do with my first paragraph, but the first paragraph is what brought me to this scripture.  Isn’t it funny how God uses life events to bring remind you of spiritual truths? 

The phenomenal truth of this passage that causes many to cringe in fear but should cause us to rejoice in hope falls along these lines:

  1. God truly does “know” and “see” EVERYTHING!  (Like the Psalmist said, “If I make my bed in hell you are there or ascend to heaven you are there….”  He Never sleeps and is never caught off guard.
  2. Sowing and Reaping are a natural part of life.  (Just like farming.  The type of seed, the amount of seed, and the quality of seed put into the soil determine the harvest).
  3. If our choices are carnal choices that are focused on the carnality of the flesh, we will reap the corruption that goes with it in our bodies, and it will taint our souls and spirits.
  4. If our choices are focused on the spiritual man and the life therein, we will reap the spiritual growth and development in our body, soul, and spirit that goes with it.

Had He stopped there it would have been enough to give us a true picture of how to live life, but He did not.  He moved into the application and encouragement that follows true-life instruction.  He encouraged us to “not grow weary in our efforts” and this is a reminder of the farmer that (first he plants, then waters, then finally there is a harvest – but it is over time not necessarily Instantaneous).

If the farmer were to give up after a few days or weeks and plow up the field, he would get nothing for his initial efforts.  He then adds something that we tend to miss: “As we have opportunity, let us Do Good to all and especially those of the household of the faith.”  We are to plant seeds of kindness, generosity, love, compassion, tenderness, concern, etc.  As we plant those seeds in others, we will find that the harvest in our lives has multiplied a thousand-fold and we will have a continual supply of the provisions of life.  We can begin to embrace and enjoy the life that God not only desires to send to us, but we will enjoy the benefits of right choices. 

It did not just happen! You played a direct role in what is going on in your life through your choices and actions.  If things are bad for you right now, before you get angry at God or anyone else stops and think about the choices you have made. If things are going good do not just assume that you are somehow just fortunate or that God is favoring you without cause, think about the choices you have made. 

I am not saying that you earn God’s favor, you cannot!  I am saying that the truth of “Sowing & Reaping” is a Principle or a Law of God that is inviolable and one that He follows implicitly in our lives.  There are areas in each of our lives where we could benefit from making better, more responsible, more accountable, more righteous, and more honest choices. 

Therefore, cultivate the good choices and work to eliminate the bad choices you have been making and watch the difference in your life.  But – do not think that by making the right decision today you will instantly receive the benefit of the choice tomorrow.  It is like farming – – The harvest is produced as time passes and they are cumulative! 

May God bless you as you conclude your work week!  Have a blessed weekend in Christ!

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