There will be affliction and distress for every human soul that effects evil, … but glory and honor and peace to everyone who accomplishes good, … For there is no partiality with God. Romans 2:9–11
We understand; we know with the certainty that makes us jump out of the path of a speeding automobile: When we act in a way that generates conditions we would want to avoid, we are effecting evil; when the environment we’re working to create is not one we would enjoy ourselves, we are implementing evil. We know this intuitively. We know that when we strive to order our world for our own benefit, regardless of the affliction and distress we cause others, we are aligning ourselves against God. We know this, yet somehow fail to appreciate that he will return this affliction and distress to us in spades if this way of living characterizes our lives. That kind of life is debilitating and disheartening. But when we remember that God’s impartiality cuts both ways, we grow stronger and more courageous. When we align ourselves with his purposes, we employ our energies to create an environment in which everyone can thrive, just as his did when he created. When our faith in his provision explodes outward in useful kindness, his reputation increases. When good is our goal, glory and honor and the settled integrity of peace pervade our lives, as well as the lives of those around us. When we align ourselves with God in this endeavor, we will reap what we have sown.
O Lord, keep me sowing goodness in your name so I will reap the eternal life you’ve promised.