7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Wow – how clear is that?
Christian-common-sense, except that collectively The Church somehow seems to have degraded this inarguable truth to a bumper-sticker.
(SOBER NOTE: “…in DUE TIME….” may mean then next age, after our Lord has returned, and sets all things in proper order. The Hebrews 11:36-37 heroes of faith understood that.
Gal 6:7-7 ought to be our mantra, our life-quest, the plumbline for every decision we make. How we SPEND our lives, our time, our energies, our resources. I believe, as the clock ticks louder, all of those “spending decisions” will become more critical. Every shot will count, and in fact the Lord is teaching us that escalating truth right now, in this very season. He loves us so much He continues to refuse to affirm less than holy behavior.
I have not been a great investor, in this age. Not to justify any poor financial decisions I may have made, I nonetheless see in scripture the temporal futility of only current-age investment:
10 For he sees wise men die; likewise the fool and the senseless person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
11 Their inner thought is that their houses will last forever, their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.
I am more and more of the mind to spend the rest of my life (“SPEND” the rest of my life) on things and issues of the Kingdom, for the King. Prioritizing what He prioritizes. De-prioritizing what simply doesn’t matter.
Those who are led by the Spirit are the sons of God (Rom 8:someplace). The Spirit will always be leading us to redeem the time, because the days are evil, and we are therefore invited/charged to discover the will of God (Eph 4)
1 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance.
3 Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you– the sure mercies of David.
Buy without money. But buy.
Isaiah knew it would cost everything, but also tells us the cost cannot be paid monetarily. Jewish history tells us Isaiah was martyred by being sawn in half, per Hebrews 11. He paid the price.
Seeking the Kingdom first assures us of all things working out for our eternal good if/when/once we’ve made (and continue daily to make) the decision to come into the calling of His purposes – as we align with His will.
We must be careful to not be deceived. Digging into the Book of Truth is our assignment. No matter who tells us anything contrary to scripture, it remains contrary to God’s plans, and He is not mocked.