Statement #3 – God is not mocked.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:7
Paul begins this verse with a strong warning. In today’s vernacular, he might have said, “Christian, don’t be fooled into ignoring what I’m about to say! This is no joke!” We find our subject of study in the next phrase – “God is not mocked.” Our God is not One Who will allow His character to be defamed forever. We may look at all the horrible things that are happening in our world today and wonder why God allows people to mock Him when He says very clearly that He will not be mocked. Is this a contradiction in the Scriptures? Of course, we know it is not! We have already seen that God is not a man who changes His mind or Who lies about what He will do. (See Statement #1 of this series).
So how do we interpret this phrase considering the seeming contradiction? Look at the remainder of verses 7 and 8 – “…for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”
How do these observations apply to our study of what God is not? Many people believe that they can flout God’s laws and live however they want to here and not have to answer for it later. These principles of sowing and reaping are exactly what Paul was referring to here when he said, “God is not mocked.” The harvest day will come. At that harvest, God will not be mocked. Paul tells us in Philippians 2 that every knee WILL bow before the Lord one day. And every person will give an account of himself to God (Romans 14:12 and 1 Peter 4:5). We don’t know when that day will be, but we can be assured that it will come. The questions to consider are these – What kind of seed are you sowing here in this life? What will your eternal harvest look like?
Statement #4 – God is not unrighteous.
“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” Hebrews 6:10
Jesus taught this principle in Matthew 25 when He explains the dividing of the sheep and the goats. He tells the people in Matthew 25:40 that when they served others and provided for their needs, it was as if they served the King Himself. God takes our service to others in His name very seriously. He wants to use us in His service. Don’t get caught up in who sees you serve. But rather get all excited about Who it is that you have the privilege of serving!
These two statements help focus my mind on HOW I am sowing and WHO I am serving. How is your sowing and serving today? Maybe, like me, you get off track at times sowing in this life without thinking about the eternal consequences or maybe you get discouraged in serving others with no recognition. My friend, may I encourage you today that our God sees it all because nothing is hid from Him. He will make all things right. Let the words of this song by Joe Zichterman encourage and edify your heart today.
"He will not soon forget your work of faith;
And labor of love that’s done for His sake.
A cold cup of water that’s giv’n in His name,
One day from the housetop the Lord will proclaim.
Many slothful shall stand ashamed that day
When all of their talents are taken away.
But, oh, what rejoicing the righteous shall know,
When Christ shall return their reward to bestow.
Tho’ you serve in the shadows, be faithful still,
Your steadfast devotion to follow His will
Shall not be forgotten, it’s all written down;
And one day your cross He’ll replace with a crown.
Things done in secret shall be made known.
When with the saints we will bow at His throne.
The books shall be opened, your name He will call.
And things done in secret shall be made known to all."
“Things Done in Secret”
© 1993 by THE WILDS
What kind of seeds are you sowing today for an eternal harvest?
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