By Jerry Brewer
Our daily lives are filled with
constant decisions, and sometimes life’s demands become so
great that we seek escape from those decisions. Fortunately
for all of us, there are some things which we can escape in
this life and avoid. But the Bible reveals certain things
about our lives which we can never escape.
Every one of us wields some kind of
influence by the life we live, the things we do, and the
words we speak. That’s the meaning of Paul’s words in Romans
14:7: “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to
The influence we have on others may
be good or it may be bad, but we cannot escape influencing
others. Whatever we do influences others to some degree.
In Romans 14:12, Paul also wrote,
“So then every one of us shall give account of himself to
God.” The fact that we cannot escape personal accountability
for our actions is something that most people do not
understand in this age of irresponsibility.
Like Adam, many people want to
shift the blame for their own actions to someone else. When
Adam sinned, he told God, “The woman whom thou gavest to be
with me, she gave me of the tree and I did eat” (Genesis
3:12). In that statement, Adam became the first man in
history to not only blame his wife for his own actions, but
to also blame his Father, who was God.
But the fact remains that each of
us is personally accountable to God,. I cannot serve God for
my family and neither can they serve Him for me. “The soul
that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the
iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the
iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous
shall be upon him and the wickedness of the wicked shall be
upon him” (Ezekiel 18:20).
Sin has always had consequences and
the ultimate consequence of sin is eternal death. Paul said,
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). What most
people don’t realize is that even sin which has been
forgiven may have consequences. One may ruin his health by
drunkenness or by drugs and later repent and become a
Christian. When he obeys the Lord, his sins are forgiven
(Acts 2:38) but the consequences of his actions will linger
in his body that is dissipated by drugs and alcohol. But the
greatest consequence of all is the eternal loss if one’s
soul if his sins are not forgiven.
But regardless of the sins we’ve
committed, God has promised to forgive us when we obey the
gospel of Christ. If one is willing to believe in Jesus as
the Son of god (John 8:24), repent of his sins (Luke 13:3),
confess his faith in the Son of God (Acts 8:37) and be
immersed in water for the forgiveness of his sins (Acts
2:38), his sins are forgiven by God. Friends, you can escape
the eternal consequences of sin by doing these things.
- Jerry Brewer; via the
Beacon, the weekly bulletin of the Belvedere church
of Christ, Belvedere, SC. Ken Chumbley preaches for
this congregation, and he may be contacted at their website: