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The Greatest Consequence: Death

Every one of us is where we are today because of choices made yesterday. We are successful in business because of decisions made previously. We are, likewise impoverished because of choices made in the past. No one stands where he is solely because of another. We have made choices which produce amazing blessings or profound consequences. It is the law of sowing and reaping as found in Galatians 6:7:

“Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”

Every action carries with it a set of consequences or blessings. There are no neutral actions. Sometimes the consequence is slight. For example, a man caught speeding might receive only a warning. No penalty, just good advice to slow down. Other times the result might be catastrophic, like when the same man, failing to heed the warning, speeds headlong into stalled traffic killing himself and others. We do not choose our consequences; only the path toward those results.

There is a consequence more catastrophic than death; worse than causing the death of others. That is the consequence of sin.

Like billions today, Adam and Eve probably saw little harm in tasting the delicious looking fruit hanging from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. They had been warned. Still, the fruit looked so good. Maybe they thought, “could it really be that bad? It’s just a piece of fruit!” It was that bad. The first couple stood at the precipice of the greatest consequence of all: The consequence of sin.

Mankind suffered immeasurably for their “no big deal” decision. Genesis 3:16-19 announces the following consequences of their sin.

  1. Women would now suffer in childbirth,
  2. Women would be subjected to the authority of their husbands,
  3. Man would struggle to bring forth his crops from the good soil of the earth,
  4. Man would no longer keep the garden; he would labor in it all the days of his life.
  5. Man and woman, the entirety of humanity, would be banished from God’s garden and from before his presence.
  6. An innocent man, Christ Jesus, would have to suffer and die in consequence of their actions.

The greatest consequence was death which entered the world on that dark day. God banished mankind from the Tree of Life (Genesis 3:22-24). That is why you stand before the open grave of loved ones. It is why we keep watch over loved ones as they breathe their last. It is why we all fear that 2:00 AM telephone call or knock on the door. Death is now among us.

Actions have consequences. The consequence of sin was and is, death.

Jesus came to bring us out of the dread of sin. “For the bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world” (John 6:33). And again, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

There is not that much you can do about a speeding ticket. But you can set aside the greatest consequence which is sin. You can know the lifegiving love of the Savior. He who suffered death himself, brings life to his people.

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Consequences: Reaping and Sowing

consequences sowing and reapingSome laws are so powerful that we always comply with them whether we wish to our not. An example would be the law of gravity. An item tossed into the air will always return to its predominant source of gravity. Basically, what goes up, must come down. Airplanes and spaceships appear to flaunt gravity, but sooner or later they come down.

Spiritually, there is a similar law. Called the Law of Sowing and Reaping, this precept is Biblical:

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”  (Galatians 6:7).

Taken simply this passage suggests that you will get whatever you plant. Several weeks ago farmers in my hometown planted seed corn. There were not surprised when stalks of corn soon appeared across their fields. They would have been shocked had wheat arisen instead. They planted corn, and they got corn. It is an unquestioned maxim that seed produces after its own kind.

But Paul uses this principle to illustrate a spiritual law.

For the one who sows to his own flesh, will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit, reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:8)

Paul is saying that it matters how you live. It is nonsense to believe that we can live a worldly, undisciplined life and still find eternal salvation. Worldliness and Godliness are opposites. Consider Jesus’ words: “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19). There is a constant conflict between the world and the Christian. We must live in the world, for that is our burden, but we must not live like the world.

There are profound costs associated with worldly living: crime, punishment, despair, depression and constant conflict, to name a few. Such a list does not even include the certain horror of coming judgment. Well did Solomon say, “The way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction” (Proverbs 13:15 -NIV).

Our Lord cries out to his people to turn and flee from coming destruction. His plea is for us to live in such a way that we avoid eternal punishment. He calls us to come to him as a gentle master (Matthew 11:28-30) and accept his guidance. Are you beset by problems and struggles? Does it seem that every day is another day of toil and trouble? Would you like real freedom? Come to Jesus.

The world has no answers, yet, you live like everyone else and grope for deliverance. You are reaping what you have sown. Live differently and expect a better crop!