... a weekly letter of encouragement.
May 3, 1993
In life we are free to live any way we please...but we are not free to determine the outcome of our choices.
Often behind the intoxication that accompanies the freedom to choose lies the fantasy that we might just get away with our actions. And often we do...for awhile.
The lives of Moses and Jacob are illustrative. Moses sowed to the Spirit and Jacob to the flesh, and in their old age the consequences of their choices became self-evident:
Moses, the "Friend of God" came to the end of his life with this epitath: "Although Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated."
Jacob, the "Deceiver", summarized his life: "The years of my sojourning are one hundred and twenty years ; few and unpleasant..."
Paul exhorts us:
"Don't be under any illusion: you cannot make a fool of God! A man's harvest in life will depend entirely on what he sows. If he sows for his own lower nature his harvest will be the decay and death of his own nature. But if he sows for the Spirit he will reap the harvest of everlasting life by that Spirit." (Galatians 6:7, 8 Phillips Translation)
In similar fashion, Solomon warns young men:
"Rejoice, young man, during your childhood, and let your heart be pleasant during the days of young manhood. And follow the impulses of your heart and the desire of your eyes. Yet know that God will bring you to judgment for all these things." (Ecclesiastes 11:9)
We are free to live as we please...but as with Moses and Jacob, we are not free to determine the outcome. And the outcome might just determine our eternal destiny:
"Sow a thought...reap an act. Sow an act...reap a habit. Sow a habit...reap an eternity."
Have a great week!
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