Week Two: The Disproportionate Life
Question: Am I taking responsibility for my life . . . really?
Ar-ka-mee’-dees Principle explains why some things float and other things sink. It’s the principle of buoyancy: a body immersed in liquid receives an upward thrust from the bottom equal to the weight of the displaced liquid. A 5 oz. pebble sinks and a 30,000-ton battleship floats. Archimedes was an inventor and mathematician. But he did not invent this principle. He discovered it.
Today, I want to talk about a principle that is operating in all our lives that when acknowledged and leveraged empowers/motivates us to TAKE responsibility:
People reap what they sow.
Galatians 6:3-9 - If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Life is connected. There is a correlation between what you did/said in the past and what’s going on in your life right now. God made it that way. Predictable.
Doesn’t say: People reap what they sow unless they ask God for forgiveness . . . unless they pray . . . unless they start going to church . . . unless they apologize.
I. This isn’t good or bad news; this is just true news.
A. You can ignore it and reap the consequences or you can leverage it and reap the benefits.
- There’s a price to be paid for irresponsible living.
- There’s a reward for taking responsibility.
B. Everybody reaps: LATER and GREATER.
C. LATER is why we give up too soon.
D. GREATER takes us by surprise.
- The reaping is never fair the way we measure fair. Not balanced.
- Not commensurate or proportionate.
- It’s never what you deserve.
II. If you don’t like where you are in some area of life, here’s how to leverage this principle.
A. First, you have to identify and own your piece of the chaos pie. Own your zone.
- Go back to the decision(s) you made that resulted in you being where you don’t want to be and then own it/them.
B. You do the things you should have been doing all along.
Here’s how Paul ends his discussion:
V9 - Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Often, they find that the good that comes back in their direction comes in disproportionate measures as well.
- Have you taken responsibility for your slice of the chaos... really?
- What do you need to do now that you should have been doing all along?
- Are you making excuses? Ready to make progress?
- In due time, you will reap, if you do not grow weary.