Galatians 6:7-8 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”
My Uncle Ron that lives in St. Louis, Missouri will be the first to tell you that Galatians 6:7 and 8 is still in the Bible. When my Uncle Ron was a young man, he was taught by his father to work hard for a living and there will be rewards to reap. At the early age of 17 years old, his dream was always to work for the Bell Telephone Company. When the telephone invention came out, he thought that was the neatest thing! He was consistently mesmerized by this invention, and wanted to have a part in it, for he knew that this invention was no small thing. He knew that one day, it would explode and eventually, everyone will have one. He had applied at the Bell Telephone Company many times before, but only to never hear back from anyone, and kept getting put off to another with no progress ever being made of his applications. But in the meantime, his job was at McDonald’s. McDonald’s wasn’t his favorite job, and he never really “enjoyed” it. But a job was a job, and it paid him the money that he needed.
One day, after hours, while walking out of the kitchen at McDonald’s, something budged and stopped the door on his way out. There was a wallet that someone had dropped, and no one was around, nor had there been anyone around for a while since they were closed. He picked it up, looked for a picture of ID of some sort, and couldn’t find anything but a name. That name he had never seen before, and he knew it did not belong to anyone who worked there. Many of his co-workers he knew were very dishonest and eager for a break. So he knew if he had offered it to any of them, they’d quickly take it, though they were lying. So he held on to it, and decided he’d ask Dad what to do with it.
When he eventually got home, he showed the wallet to his Dad, and explained how he found it. His father then said, “Well, let’s look thru it and find a number we can contact or something.” It wasn’t long until they found a business card with that same gentleman’s name on the card. Also on the card was the logo and address for the local Bell Telephone Company. Ron knew this could be his opportunity. They got a hold of the man, informed him they had found his wallet, and set up a meeting place and time. Ron met with the man, and returned his wallet to him. He didn’t want to be overzealous and ask the man for a job, but he had prayed the Lord would take care of it, if it were His will.
After returning the wallet, the gentleman was very surprised and impressed with this young man being so honest and returning his wallet with all his cards, cash and info inside. He then looked to Ron, and offered him several hundred dollars in cash as a reward, but Ron refused. Ron said, “I just wanted to return it to you just as I would want someone to return mine in the shape that it was found. I’m also glad none of my co-workers had gotten to it first, because you probably would not have gotten it back.”
The gentleman was grateful, and looked at Ron and said, “Well son, if there’s EVER any thing I could ever do for you, you let me know.” Ron smiled, and knew this was his chance. He brought up the fact that he knew this man worked for the telephone company, and mentioned that he had applied and had not heard anything. So Ron politely asked, “How can I find a job? What should I do?” The gentleman replied by saying, “You meet me at this address on Monday morning at 8:00 AM, and I’ll have a job waiting for you. If half of my employees were as honest as you, we’d have a much better company.”
To make a long story short, my Uncle Ron got that job with no interview, and began working for the Bell Telephone Company by the age of 19. He retired early in his 40’s, and is very well off, financially. All of this, thanks to one day he can reflect back on – when he did what was right. And that one decision is still paying off to this very day.
For every decision we make, God is taking note. He knows of every action, reaction, and premeditated action we take. Even when we think no one else is watching, God is. And it’s up to us daily to decide our own fate. Do I want rewards? Or do I want consequences?
Nathan Pitts | Youth Pastor
Riverland Baptist Church