March 3, 2018
Romans 2:4… Or do you presume on the riches of God’s kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is to lead you to repentance?
It has been pestering me lately that we like getting away with stuff. Somehow, in our minds, it lets us off the hook for bad behavior. We don’t mind doing wrong just as long as we don’t get caught. If God slapped me every time I did something wrong, His hand would be quite sore. And if I were to multiply my transgressions by the number of people on the earth, God would not have time for anything else.
“Grow not weary in well doing.” We are not immediately and obviously rewarded for well doing, and we are also not immediately ‘rewarded’ for wrong doing. God, who does not live in a time-space continuum, is teaching us about eternity. He is teaching us to always consider the long term impact of actions. His grace ought to remind us of that fact. Instead, we think we got away with something and we smile and do it again. When king David sinned with Bathsheba, he said in his prayer, “Against You, and You only, have I sinned, oh Lord. He had sinned against Bathsheba and her husband, but David knew he had sinned against God, and His eternal perspective and it was that which he couldn’t handle. It was that for which he needed to repent.
Don’t put off repentance. “Today is the day of salvation” Repent today for that which you know you ought not to have done or thought. And that brings me to another point… Jesus, while He was here, said, “It is not just a sin to commit adultery; it is just as bad to think about it.” That type of thinking has no eternal perspective. And, also, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” What you think about is what you are. You will eventually act out.
Living in the immediate is living in the world. Living in eternity is living in God’s kingdom. It is with much difficulty that we enter the kingdom of God. It is all encompassing. Don’t straddle the fence.