The Difficult Phase of Christian Growth

The Simple Truth

Life is like a Dicken’s novel. You will reap what you sow, and your life will conclude exactly as it should. The seeds of the choices you make today will produce the consequences they deserve. The hardship you suffered will be vindicated, and all loose ends will be closed. There will be no exceptions.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 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).

This verse teaches some simple, predictable principles:

  1. You will reap exactly what you sow, no more and no less.
  2. You will reap later than you sow, often much later.

These principles apply to good and bad sowing equally. When you make choices that cater to your sinful nature, you can expect regrettable, destructive results in your future. But when you make choices that correspond with your new spiritual nature, you can look forward to encouraging, supernatural results instead.

The Practical Reality

So what about the present? For instance, if I mismanage my finances, I can expect future financial difficulties. But if I learn important Bible truth about finances and change my approach, will the results of my previous irresponsibility go away? No.

At this point in my Christian financial journey, I am making an important change. As I establish new financial habits, I will also experience difficult results from previous wrong choices. Sometimes this feels confusing. It seems like I am making good choices, but getting bad results instead.

Here’s what I need to know. The bad results are not related to my new, biblical choices; they are the result of past wrong choices. Knowing this makes it possible for me to be objective and embrace my new biblical approach wholeheartedly. It encourages me to keep making good decisions. The results of my previous wrong choices will eventually go away, and the good results of my new behavior will grow up instead.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (Galatians 6:9).

The bad results from the past don’t go away immediately, but they will go away. And the good results from the present don’t occur immediately, but they will occur. Now that is important, encouraging truth.

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