The Consequence Engine
"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
Every human choice and every action has consequences, whether good or ill. We are all affected by the choices others make as well! This reality of consequences and God's Laws that govern the physical and spiritual universe I'd like to call—"The Consequence Engine".
The Consequence Engine Operates for Everyone in Daily Life
Consequences abound in our lives. Driving over the speed limit can get us a speeding ticket. Driving under the influence can have more severe consequences. Not paying the rent usually causes a renter to loose his residence. Not showing up for work on time can get one fired. The slightest disobedience to the Drill Sergeant in military basic training can prove painfully costly.
Neither type of individual may end up in heaven, but this present life is better off for people who see the intrinsic order in the world and who follow it as best they can, even if their motives are self-serving, and even if they do not know God.
Always remember that God takes note of everything going on--nothing escapes his notice, especially a person's motives.
1 Corinthians 4:5 "Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God." (NIV)
Negative consequences in time and eternity occur when a follower of Jesus Christ does things in his or her own flesh, our natural energy and strength.
Galatians 5:19-21 "Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."
Like negative consequences in life, the effects of the positive consequence engine at work in our lives do not usually show up immediately--they are long term. This is frustrating for folks who want instant gratification and who expect a daily rewards balance sheet.
The big pay off for followers of Jesus is in the next life--not here and now, as Jesus reminds us in His sermon on the mount.
Matthew 6:19-21 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
We only have two choices in life—pleasing God by what we do or pleasing our self. Paul explained in Romans 6:16-23, that we are all servants (slaves), and there are only two choices of which master we choose to serve.
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