A Simple Equation

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:7-9 )

Here we are again, considering the consequences of how we live our lives. The equation is simple; how will live now will will be reflected in how we will live in the world to come. If we live according to our own desires, the failure and folly of that life will returned to us. If we live according to God’s precepts, a Godly life will be gifted to us. But the simplicity of that equation is belied by the fact that living according to God’s precepts is more difficult than living according to our own foolish and selfish agendas.
The author of Galatians rightly says that it can be wearying doing good. It is hard to see the easy way and take that route in life. But the easy way is often the sinful way. It is easy because one does not have to stand up for righteousness, but can go along with whatever comes along. It can be easy to life a good live, if nothing interferes with it. It is harder to live a good life when there are obstacles and challenges. You know what those are in your own life, so I do not have to list them.
In fact for each person, the things that trip them up are unique to themselves; my weakness and potential for sin is not yours. But each of us is challenged in some way; it is part of the human condition. But in the same way, we have the potential to rise above the obstacles, and meet the challenges. As the author of Galatians says, we have the opportunity to sow great things, and to reap those great things. As scripture says, hope, faith and love, the greatest of these being love, is what we can sow.
May you, gentle reader, sow great things. And in God’s time, reap them also. Selah!