Sowing and Reaping (#232)
Bible version used: KJV
I once thought I could do as I pleased...as long as I didn’t hurt anyone else.
So I sowed freedom and lived as I pleased.
But I discovered that doing what I pleased was not good for me
and rarely was good for those around me.
I needed more, and so did the people I cared about.
I had sown freedom, and I reaped loneliness.
An acquaintance convinced me that I needed more excitement in my life.
I traveled, went on cruises, golfed and even tried helicopter skiing.
I found these interesting and I saw many beautiful places,
but whenever I returned home I felt restless.
I had sown adventure, and I reaped boredom.
As I got older I began to think that financial security would make me happy.
I began to make investments,
and the stock market soared to new heights.
But when my sister died of cancer, I wondered if it would also happen to me.
I had sown financial security, and I reaped anxiety.
I have a friend who is a Christian.
He was always interested in how I was doing.
When I finally told him the truth,
he asked me if I wanted to see what the Bible said about my life.
I had nothing to lose, so he walked me through some verses
And helped me understand what they meant.
He told me about the teachings of Jesus,
that living the self-absorbed life apart from God was not only fruitless,
it was an offense to God. The Bible calls it ‘sin’.
He told me about the love of Jesus, who willingly gave his life so that all who believe will never have to face the heat of God’s anger.
He told me about the requirements of Jesus,
that if I wanted eternal life,
I had to turn from my life of self-absorption and trust in Him.
And now I am a Christian
because I believe that what the Bible says about Jesus is true.
I gave my life to him, and I wish I had done it sooner.
Finally I have a life and a future, thanks to Jesus.
Jesus sowed salvation, and I reaped eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23