The Next Ten Years
Big Idea: The principle of reaping what we sow is true in everyday relationships, in seasons of the year, but also in long term consequences of our lives.
Scripture: Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of
the household of faith. Galatians 6:7-10 ESV
Jesus vividly illustrated the principle of natural consequences.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on
And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27 ESV
The Great Dust Bowl of the 1930’s.
The dust raged in South Central USA for 8 years. Thousands of animals died. Three and a half million people left the plains for California. Pneumonia and death were rampant. Suicides reached an all-time high. Dust blew from the plains 200 miles out in to the Atlantic. The dust bowl was the worst human caused disaster in North American history. The decisions that farmers made in the 1920’s devastated the US through the 1930’s.
The decisions that parents and grandparents make now in the 20’s will determine how the church fares in the 30’s.
When King Jehoshaphat arranged a treaty with King Ahab, between Judah and Israel, they sealed it by their children’s marriage. Jehoram and Athaliah set Judah on a devastating course., Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, began
to reign. He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. And he walked in the way
of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for the daughter of Ahab (Athaliah) was his wife. 2 Kings 8:16c-18a ESV
Ten years later … Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal family. 2 Kings 11:1 ESV
The decisions that young adults and teens make in the 20’s will determine how we fare in the 30’s.
Twenty-year-old King Rehoboam made a decision to rule with an iron fist rather than as a servant like the elders advised, and he destroyed the Kingdom that David and Solomon had ruled.
And they said to him, “If you will be a servant to this people today and serve them and speak good words to them when you answer them, then they will be your servants forever.” But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him.
1 Kings 12:7-8 ESV
Ten years later … So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day. And when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had returned, they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over all Israel. There was none that followed the house of David but the tribe of Judah only. 1 Kings 12:19-20 ESV
Where will we build our house? Build our house on Jesus, the Rock.
“This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone”. Acts 4:11 ESV
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:18-19 ESV
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