Bible Ballistics: BBs #352 Sowing And Reaping!!!
While we see and hear an abundance of violence, evil and corruption around us, what are we to think? Is there a reason for all this chaos? Is there an explanation or a solution? I think the answer to both of these questions is yes—but it may not be the answer that we want to hear. Why? Because many today are willfully deceived and have no desire to hear or receive truth. It’s your choice—what are you believing and following?
“Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence. 32 It shall be accomplished before his time, and his branch shall not be green.” Job15:31-32
Simply put, Job is telling us that for those who choose to trust in ‘vanity’, they will get just that—emptiness! They will see it themselves, and be “dried up” and no longer “green” and able to outgrow it! Food for thought, yet God has even more to say. While your confidence may not be in ‘vanity’ per se, where is your confidence placed? Is it ‘misplaced’ in yourself, in the government, in wealth, in fame, in success or ease?
“Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6
“Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. 7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. 8 They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.” Psalm 20:6-8
God knows His own, and He continually works on our behalf, and we must remember that HE knows, even when others may not! Let’s be sure we aren’t deceived by the world, or just deceiving ourselves.
“Be not deceived;
God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh
shall of the flesh reap corruption;
but he that soweth to the Spirit
shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Galatians 6:7-8
We look around at a world going amuck! Why? I believe there are two main reasons: the first, that man has rejected God—in private, and now, for the most part in our country, we are ejecting God from the public arena; secondly, that many of those who claim to belong to Jesus, display more worldliness than godliness! What’s inside will come out!
As a culture (often even Christian culture) we have decided that what God says is wrong, or misconstrued, and sin is really ok, acceptable and even desirable. God hasn’t changed! God calls His children to be “holy” not ‘worldly’. We can’t reach the world with the Good News that Jesus saves, if we live like the world, and attempt to ‘save’ the world with “worldly” means rather than the godly, Biblical, Holy-Spirit filled and convicting power of the CROSS!
“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them,
and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:16-18
The call in the last times seems to be a call to us who are following Jesus today:
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4
My heart breaks for the suffering and chaos around us, and while I can’t change hearts—God can. We believers must turn to HIM in repentance, seeking His forgiveness and cleansing, seeking His face and committing to live holy lives before a corrupt and hostile lost world. We must be a holy people, who by God’s power can make a difference.
“And who is he that will harm you,
if ye be followers of that which is good?
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake,
happy are ye:
and be not afraid of their terror,
neither be troubled;
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer
to every man that asketh you a reason
of the hope that is in you
16 Having a good conscience;
that, whereas they speak evil of you,
as of evildoers,
they may be ashamed
that falsely accuse
your good conversation in Christ.
17 For it is better, if the will of God be so,
that ye suffer for well doing,
than for evil doing.” 1 Peter 3:13-17
We are called to live lives that speak without words, while being ready to give an answer when our uniqueness calls people to question, “Why do you live in such a way?” The lives of those who belong to Jesus and follow Him, ought to be a testimony of His saving power—not just the empty words of those who claim “Lord, Lord” but don’t really know Him or the transforming power of the Cross-, the blood bought “new birth” which Redeemer imparts. So dear ones, my question to you is: What are you sowing? What are you expecting to reap? When Jesus, what harvest awaits YOU?
“For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” Hosea 8:7
Will your harvest be life with the Lord of the harvest, or the “whirlwind”? We will reap whatever we are sowing!