11/24/16: Payback

images-1It is said that what goes around, comes around. Anyone who has lived on this planet for any length of time knows this to be true. This principle even worked in Bible times. For example, Esau sold his birthright for one morsel of food, but afterward, “when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears” Hebrews 12:16b-17 (NKJ). You see, when we don’t honor what we should honor, that action will eventually come back to bite us. No amount of pleading, crying, and attempting to place a guilt trip will make a bit of difference.

By not pursuing peace and holiness, and by not “looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God,” we allow a “root of bitterness” to spring up and “cause trouble and by this many become defiled” Hebrews 12:14-15 (NKJ). Another old saying sums it up this way, “You’ve made your bed, now lie in it.”

What’s basically being discussed here is payback, the negative side of the sowing and reaping principle. The neat thing, though, is knowing that this principle also works in the positive. Both the Old and the New Testaments speak to this:

  • Ecclesiastes 11:1 – Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days. (NKJ)
  • Galatians 6:7 – Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (NKJ)

Truly we reap what we sow. Sow a harvest of neglect, indifference, and evil; reap a harvest imagesof loneliness, isolation, and violence. Sow a harvest of love, concern, and being nice; reap a harvest of love, friendship, and people being nice to you.

Don’t get it twisted. The principle of sowing and reaping is not the same as kharma.  Kharma, which is not at all a Christian concept, is a balancing act of your good works vs. your bad works. If when you die, your good works outweigh your bad, you win. This is a classic works salvation model. Christianity is not about piling up enough good works to get to heaven. Christianity is about receiving salvation as a free gift and serving God (doing good works) because of what He’s already done for us. We don’t serve God to earn Heaven; we serve God because we’ve already attained it through His Son, Jesus.

Still know that along this journey, our actions and attitudes matter and the principle of sowing and reaping plays that out. Payback works. Will it work in the positive or in the negative for you?

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~ by sanewriter on November 24, 2016.

2 Responses to “11/24/16: Payback”

  1. If there is no input…there will be output.

  2. If there is no input…there will be no output. “If you love Me, obey my commandments.” John 14:15 (NLT)

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