December 2023 Column
Seeds Of Goodness
Echo Beyond The Present
How many times have you heard that your actions matter and will follow you for the rest of your life? This is a real reality that as young adults we often don’t yet fully grasp.
Many times this principle is used to encourage the listener to not indulge in sinful behavior and instead live a life in accordance with Christ. However, this can also be used to demonstrate how our good deeds can lay the groundwork for great outcomes later in life.
Scripture illustrates this concept with the concept of the sowing. It teaches that “Whosoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap the harvest if we do not give up.”
Here we are reminded that our choices matter. They shape our character and will dictate what happens to us following life here on earth.
As young adults we are constantly faced with pressures and temptations from the world. Oftentimes the “fear of missing out” clouds our judgement and we make poor decisions that do not please Christ. Sin is presented to be fun, exciting, and a normal thing that we should take part of. We are told to “enjoy your 20s/30s” and delay a close relationship with God. However, indulging in these practices will always “reap destruction.”
We must focus on living life in accordance with the standards of God’s word. We ought to make it our mission to reflect the character of Jesus in our everyday lives. Doing so will ensure that we reap eternal life with our Lord and Savior, praise God!
It’s important to also keep in mind the effects our actions can have on other people. When we sow to please the spirit and uplift Christ, others will always notice. It is a golden opportunity to witness to others about how we are striving to be like Christ. By being a good example we can help aid in bringing others to Christ and allow them to also reap eternal life!
Questions for Discussion
Finally, it is encouraging that the scripture tells us to “not become weary in doing good.” Oftentimes our good deeds, efforts, and commitment to Christ can almost feel like it’s going unnoticed. However, even in these seasons of spiritual lows, discouragement, and setbacks we must persevere. Our efforts will not be wasted.
Let’s sow seeds of goodness and watch our lives transform to the glory of God!