By Ron Hutchcraft
I don’t know who invented the credit card, but I’d like to have a very serious talk with him, because I’m not sure he helped any of us by thinking that this plastic “postponer” was going to help us. With a credit card you go to the store with $100 in cash, you get what you wanted, and you come out with $100 in your wallet. And it feels like, “Hey, that didn’t cost anything.” Wrong! Fantasy land! The bill will come…it always does. You postponed the payment, but you didn’t cancel it. Oh, and by postponing it, that purchase is actually going to cost you more. I think that’s what they call interest. The time lag between what you buy and what you pay can get you into big trouble.
I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “Credit Card Follies.”
Our word for today from the Word of God; it’s in Galatians 6:7-8. Familiar words, but words that may be right where you’re living right now. Listen, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction. The one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
Now, why does this statement begin with “don’t be deceived”? Well, maybe it’s because it’s easy to think you’re getting away with your sin, because the consequences, the reaping don’t come immediately. It’s like a credit card. You get what you want to get, do what you want to do, and then there’s a time lag. Because it doesn’t happen immediately – those consequences – you say, “Hey, I got away with it.” Well that’s credit card follies. The passing of time until the consequences come will not lessen the price tag you pay for that sin; in fact, it will make it cost you more.
The farmer doesn’t see immediate results from sowing seed, whether he sows corn or poison ivy. But it will come up. Doing what’s right and what’s wrong have this in common. When you’re doing it, you can’t see where that choice is going to lead. When you have a sexual relationship before marriage, you can’t see the pain and the loss that it will cause in your marriage, but it will.
When you build a pattern of lying, you might get away with the lie; you can’t see what that’s going to do to your reputation, but it will. When you extend a loving hand to someone who’s been your enemy, you can’t see the healing and the blessing that might come from that, but it will.
Since we can’t see where choices lead until it’s too late, do we live by the throw of the dice? Well, that’s where the Bible comes in. It tells us where our decisions lead. When you sow to your sinful nature, it will destroy things. It’s gonna happen! When you sow to things that please the Holy Spirit, you’re going to reap things that will last forever. It’s gonna happen!
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God’s Word has never been wrong. Oh, some have thought that they’ve cheated the consequences because they didn’t happen immediately. Well, neither do the credit card charges or a farmer’s crops, but they always come. Save yourself a lot of heartache. Believe what God says is going to happen…good or bad. Don’t deceive yourself by thinking you’ll get away with your sin, or that right choices won’t come back to you with interest.
If you’re sowing sin, God’s bill is in the mail. If you’re sowing right living, God’s check is in the mail.