Galatians 6:7-8

Yesterday we looked at how mercy is derived from strength. I wanted to follow up today with this message from Galatians 6:7-8. You probably have heard that you reap what you sow; in other words, what you get out of something is proportional to what you put into it. The world has a basic idea of this — karma — but misunderstands the precept entirely. The Bible points to the justice of God as the difference maker for the soil of life. If you live to please God, you harvest life. If you live to satisfy your own sinful nature, then you harvest death. Many look around and see some despicable people living what appears to be a pretty sweet life while others faithful to God seem to get the short end of the stick. That can create all kinds of conundrums. Did it ever occur to you that the best some of those rotten people will experience is limited to their short time on earth? The Jesus follower has the promise of an eternity with God where the glory surpasses anything the human mind can fathom. So what sounds better? A few years of presumed paradise and then an eternity in hell, or suffering for a season and an eternity of perfection? Yeah, I agree. So let’s go sow some mercy today. Let’s plant seeds of life, but also work to cultivate the soil so people realize that it is God’s heart for justice that provides the conditions to flourish…and not just in the here-and-now, but forever.