“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” ~ Galatians 6:7-8
My little boy and I spent some time playing with coloring pages and stickers this morning. He had fun naming the colors and putting the little balloon stickers all over the page in front of him. However, once the stickers were on the page, he wanted to move them and start again. This proved to be rather frustrating, since we all know the nature of stickers is to, well, stick.
The stickers refused to budge, and his frustration eventually convinced him to find something else to do (like play with his non-sticky cars).
It got me thinking about how our decisions, like these stickers, tend to stick. Whenever we decide to do something, we set in motion things that often cannot be undone. Our choices can have consequences that last much longer that we could ever imagine.
Sometimes these consequences are quite negative – our decisions create situations that we wouldn’t wish for or plan on. And I think too often we confuse “forgiveness” with “no consequences.” We are forgiven of sins, we are free from death, but our choices on earth still have ramifications. Yes, God will forgive you of your sins, but you will still have to deal with whatever results those sins brought about.
What you do in this life sticks. Make sure your decisions are made in and for Christ, so that what sticks is good.