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.
There are so many things that I remember from college. I remember good times, bad times, awkward times, times of plenty, times of barely getting by, times of success and failure, etc… All in all my college experience was a long slog of trial and error, ups and downs. But there is one thing that I remember about college as if it was yesterday.
It was my junior year and I was living with a good friend of mine. We would spend our days going to class, going to work, and staying up till all hours of the night talking. Needless to say we drank copious amounts of coffee and ate terrible food because we were generally too busy to think about eating well. I thought everything was going well until one day I decided to eat a personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. Yes, you heard right, our campus had a Pizza Hut.
Anyways, I didn’t have a lot of time between classes so I bought this pizza, and as I ate the first piece something happened. I began to get a pan right in my side, and as I tried to eat more the pain got worse. So of course, I stopped eating it. About a week later I decided to try and eat one of those pizzas again, and you know what happened? I got that pain in my side when I tried to eat it. Now admittedly, I didn’t go to the doctor so I don’t really know what was going on, but if I had to guess, it was the culmination of a bad diet, sleep habits, and stress catching up with me.
I was living in a way that was producing unhealthy results in my life.
In the same way, how we life in this life matters not just here, but in eternity. Now we, as Christians, believe that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. That is both good and right. However, if we truly have put our faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior he will affect the way we live. Meaning that we will no longer live for what simply feels good in this life, or to gratify the desires of our body, but we will live to do what honors God. And if we choose to live in a way that doesn’t honor God we are told in scripture that there will be dire consequences.
As Paul writes, “the one to sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption…”
If we are living only for the pleasures and the gains that this life can give us than we will get them, but that will be all we get. There will be no hope of an eternity for us. Does this mean salvation is by works? No. But if we are truly followers of Christ than we will seek to do the things that honor him. This is why Jesus writes in Matthew 24:12-13:
 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.  But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
The mark of someone who has been saved by Christ will be endurance. Even when a love for God has grown cold in many around them they will endure in their faith and will live in a way that pleases Christ because of the saving and new creation work that he has done in them. The results, according to Jesus and Paul will be eternal life. As Paul said in the second half of verse 8, “…the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
So just like eating unhealthy food will result in bad health, so will living for worldly desires and pleasures result in a bad end for us, namely and eternity apart from Christ. But take heart, if you are a believer in Christ, the Spirit of God lives within you and is guiding you. And he is here to help you do what is good, honoring, and pleasing to God in this life, knowing that in due season, we will reap the reward of a life well lived for him.
So don’t give up and don’t grow weary in doing good! Run the race and live your days for the purposes of glorifying our great God, not yourself, knowing that you are going to receive what is the best for you. An eternal life and fellowship with God in his kingdom forever and ever.