An elderly man in Phoenix calls his son in New York and says, "I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough." "Pop, what are you talking about!" the son screams. "We can't stand the sight of each other any longer," the old man says. "We're sick and tired of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Chicago and tell her." And he hangs up. Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like heck they're getting a divorce," she shouts. "I'll take care of this." She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at the old man, "You are NOT getting divorced! Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" And she hangs up. The old man hung up his phone and turns to his wife. "They're coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way. "
Well, that is one way to get the kids home, but I am not sure it is a good long term family investment. Nothing is more sobering than the second part of the law of sowing and reaping. That is, you reap more than you sow. Much more. If this were not so, no farmer would plant. Farmers don’t plan one seed to get two. They plant and receive sometimes hundreds of times as much.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life.
Today, you and I are in the process of becoming what we will be for the rest of our lives. We will become what we invest in right now.
2 Cor. 9:6 (NIV)
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
Knowing this allows us to plan our future and invest in the right things. Walking away from a corrupt lifestyle, and choosing to do those things that please the Lord is an investment in your life and the life of your family. God will reward the man who serves him both in this life and the one to come. The bible calls Him “... a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Don’t believe the lies of our culture that says good guys finish last, or doing what is right will cause you to end up on the bottom.
The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord
Are riches, honor and life.
Will it cost you something? Yes there will be some harassment from people, there will be denying yourself somethings you once loved to do. But lets face it, compared to Calvary the price is cheap!
What an opportunity for you and your family! Choose to sow to godly things! Plan your life by obeying, giving, loving, living the high road, going the second mile with people, and walking in forgiveness. The return you get back from God will set you far above anything you ever dreamed.
Ephes. 3:20 (NIV)
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us