Q. Before I became a Christian, I was involved in some pretty bad stuff. I left all that behind and have given my life to Jesus 100 percent. However, I still seem to be reaping the repercussions of my pre-Christian lifestyle. This wasn’t what I expected. Isn’t God big enough to relieve me of this junk?

A. Recently, I walked up to the front door of my local coffee shop. The sun was shining brightly, revealing smears on the newly cleaned windows and door. A well-meaning but rushed employee must have washed them, not realizing a residue had remained.

Light has a way of revealing this kind of stuff. This is a rough parallel to our lives as we come to salvation in Jesus Christ. He cleans up our lives, but there is often junk left from our past lifestyles of sin.

This does not mean Jesus is somehow an incompetent cleaner! On the contrary, He is quite willing and able to heal, forgive, cleanse and restore. But there is a biblical law that cannot be overlooked—the law of sowing and reaping.

In the New Testament, Galatians 6:7-8 reads: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” (NKJV).

This passage affirms that there are repercussions to our sin. Often those repercussions are felt in a later season, even after becoming a Christian. However, the passage goes on to say: “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (v. 9).

That's my encouragement to you: Don't give up! Keep sowing good seed, and watch what God will do in your life into the future.

By: John Fehlen, senior pastor of West Salem Foursquare Church in Oregon