You Reap What You Sow
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.
You are what you eat. You are how you spend your time. You are what you do.
All of those statements are true when it comes to every aspect of life, especially spiritually.
If you spend time and effort on the flesh, you will reap from what the flesh has to offer, which is corruption. The best things that the flesh can offer is the world, and everything in the world is only temporary.
If you spend time and effort on the Spirit, you will reap from what the Spirit has to offer, which is eternal life. The Spirit's offering is far superior to the best of what the flesh can offer.
Therefore, invest in the long term. Don't be tempted by the things seen and immediately visible to you right now, for then you will miss out on the truly valuable stuff, which are the things unseen. Specifically, invest in eternity, for everything else will eventually pass away.
Bragging About Status
Galatians 6:12-13, 15
It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh... For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
The world is a huge fan of boasting about themselves. They love boasting so much that they're even willing to boast on behalf of others.
Paul issues a warning to the Galatians who are struggling with circumcision that it's not about the circumcision itself, but rather becoming a new creation in Christ.
Those who force circumcision upon you do so for their own sakes so that they may boast about you. Ironic, isn't it? For even the ones who are circumcised cannot keep the law. Apparently it's not enough to boast about your own circumcision–they want to boast about your circumcision as well, which leads them to boast about themselves even more.
My friends, do not be led astray by the pursuit of earthly reputation, fame, and status. Do not foolishly believe that you can hide from God your true state by saving face in front of other humans. Don't mock God in that way.
Whether it's your career, your grades, your achievements, the achievements of your kids, your wealth, and whatever else you may value, take care not to let those things become idols over worshiping God.
Obviously, you should do your best with what you've been given, but the moment you start worshiping the creation over the creator is when you get into trouble.
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