Lifestyle Choices And Consequences

Sermon Titled “The Legacy Of Truth” (Proverbs 12: 3 and 7) – Sunday 31st August 2104

  • Proverbs 12:3 No one can be established through wickedness,
        but the righteous cannot be uprooted.”

In Proverbs 12:3, Solomon contrasts the lives of those who are considered wicked versus those considered righteous. One of the first things that comes to mind as I ponder this verse, is that others reading it might naturally assume that the wicked are only those who are vile and evil. But look for a moment at some of the synonyms for the word “wicked.”

  • sinful, immoral, wrong, unrighteous

Wicked also means sinful and unrighteous, and if a person does not believe in God or His word, then by their very act of disbelief they are living in sin, and therefore living unrighteous lives (by biblical standards). What Solomon is saying, is that any man or woman who lacks biblical wisdom and knowledge (and the desire to obtain it through the continuous studying of God’s word), is ultimately only interested in self-gratification. Thus, the pursuit of righteousness is not a priority for such people, because more often than not righteous living leads to places of sacrifice, and sacrifice rarely provides the kinds of opportunities that self-seekers are looking for.

Unfortunately, those who succeed in life by looking out for only themselves and by ignoring the needs of others, are setting themselves up for a very grim future. God assures us that there will be a day of Judgment and on that day, He says, only the righteous will be left standing. Galatians 6:7-8 says, “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…..”

On the contrary, those who sow seeds of righteousness (by doing whatever is honorable, just, pure, and commendable – Philippians 4:8), will enjoy both blessings, as well as peace that comes from having a clear conscience. In the lives of those who are righteous, the love of Christ is reflected in their actions, and their faith is like that of a tree that’s been planted by water (Jeremiah 17:8), with roots so deep that it can withstand anything that threatens to upheave it.

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  • Proverbs 12:7 “The wicked are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm.”

Solomon shows us in Proverbs 12:7 that family lines are either blessed or cursed. Solomon knew that everything he had inherited and all the privileges he was entitled to, came about as a direct result of the legacy left behind by his father, King David.

David was a God-fearing man, who tried hard to live a virtuous life. He succeeded for the most part (the bible records many of the great and honorable things he did during his lifetime), but he also demonstrated some major character flaws which he later acknowledged before God when he repented and sought forgiveness. The sum of his life contributions however, added up to a legacy of blessings that were able to be passed on to the next generation, starting with his son Solomon.

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Everyone will leave behind a legacy of some kind, and whether it’s a good or bad one is entirely up to each individual. A man who sows evil for example, cannot possibly leave behind anything of value for his family. Likewise, the man or woman who fails to teach their child/ren about God will also leave behind a worthless or damaging legacy. As one father wrote in an article, “the only thing you can take to heaven with you is your children.” But how willing your children are to receive Christ as their Savior, is largely dependent on the legacy you leave them.

Think about it – do your words and actions model those of Christ? Pastor Reimer asked what would be revealed if a hidden camera took video footage of your day-to-day behavior. Is that a scary thought? If so, then it might be time to consider the ultimate ramifications of your lifestyle choices. It might be time, to revisit the following verses and then decide which path you want to take:

  • Exodus 20:5 “…….I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me”
  • Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

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