The Abundant Life: Riches money can’t buy…
The abundant life understands the principle of reaping what it sows.
Some Christians believe that because our past sins and future sins have been forgiven they can get away with sin. It’s true when God forgives, He remembers our sins no more. (Hebrews 8:12; 10: 17) However, He doesn’t magically wipe out the consequences of our actions. There is always cause and effect. In biblical terminology, it means we reap what we sow. The abundant life understands this natural law God has put in place.
This principle is explained in Galatians 6:7-9: “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.”
- In our hearts we know this. We say…
- What goes around comes around.
- Things come back to haunt you.
- Your sins will find you out.
- You play; you pay.
Some even put off developing a relationship with Christ feeling they want time to “sow their wild oats.” After all, won’t God forgive us? Yes, He will. We are forgiven for our sins, but there is an aftermath. Sin is like driving a nail through your hand. Forgiveness pulls the nail out and allows healing, but it doesn’t take away the pain or the scar that remains.
Abusing our bodies shortens our lifespan. Going against our conscience leaves the mind dull, impacting our ability to make wise decisions. Repeatedly losing self-control results in anger, envy, outbursts, cruelty, and so on. Giving into what we know is wrong time and time again reinforces bad habits that become a part of who we are. This hinders us from living the full and abundant life God desires for us.
Many think God sits in heaven looking for sinners to zap with an electrical shock. He doesn’t have to do that. Sin carries its own penalty. It’s like drinking slow poison. Eventually it all catches up with you. In the end, no one gets away with sin. Not because of a vengeful God, but because God has established a natural law. We reap what we sow!
“…I have come that they may have life and that they
may have it more abundantly.” ~John 10:10 (KJV)