Author: Jim Yearsley
The Biblical principle for “what goes around comes around” is “God is not mocked! for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” (Galatians 6:7) It is also called the universal law of karma. This is not true, as it is not universal. Everyone knows that sometimes bad people win, have plenty to eat, and drive a Lexus. The opposite example is Jesus Christ Himself. What did He do wrong that He should have suffered so? This statement is true of Christians however.
This principle has several other names. You’re going to get what’s coming to you. My favorite is your arms are too short to box with God. The theological term is Teleonic Justice. Scripturally, Hebrews 4:12-13, “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” Or there’s the movie version from The Mummy: “You’re gonna get yours, Bennie!”
So how does this work out in real life? Have you ever heard something like this: “Do whatever you feel is right. We are saved and we are going to heaven. You don’t need to go to church, read and study the Bible, or serve one another”? The problem with this mentality is that it is partially true… hopefully. If the individual really is saved, they are going to heaven. Here’s the eternal issue with this thinking: in heaven they will not have the full enjoyment that those who work for Jesus and His people will have, 1 Corinthians 3. (Just read the whole chapter. Scares me to death.) Imagine our brothers “casting their crowns at Jesus’ feet.” What will those do who have nothing to offer Him?
There’s also an earthly issue with ignoring the Word and living for today. What about people who pray and do not read or study the Scriptures (or go to Sunday School, not to insert a plug for my ministry…)? Those who pray without understanding generally come in two flavors. First are the gimmie-gimmies. It goes something like this: “Oh Lord, help me! I’ve no money, ____________, ____________ (fill in the blanks).” What is the underlying problem? They do not read the Bible. They do not want to listen to God. Where is the relationship? (This kind of thinking and the response to it are all over the book of Jeremiah. Check out 7:24-27, 9:12-14, and 11:1-5 specifically.) Secondly, there are the Beemer Screamers. “Oh God, I just gotta have that BMW. I don’t have time to pray I’m working for that brand new car.” God reminds us in James: 4:2-3, “You do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” With an absence of scripture, worldliness invades our prayers and desires.
So what is the solution? Read the Word of God. Hear the Word of God. Let it fill your heart and mind. Ask, ask, ask that God would speak to you as an individual. Then do what He says. Start anywhere and keep reading. If you don’t understand ask God for wisdom. Ask wise people in the church. “Keep on knocking. Keep on seeking. Keep on asking.” (Matt 7)