Have you ever heard anyone say, "You made your own bed, now sleep in it?" Is that statement based upon a scriptural truth or what? Although it is not a verse taken from the Bible, it is just as true as if it were inspired of God.

'You made your bed, now sleep in it' is another way of saying, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap," (Galatians 6:7).

This biblical principle is also taught by the song entitled, 'You will reap what you sow.' This song teaches that in life we must carefully choose the type of seed we sow. The importance of choosing the best seed is understood by the fact of a revealing harvest, which always follows.

The thoughts we entertain, as well as the words we speak, grow into deeds which produce results of either blessings or curses. If there is one thing that we can count on it is that we will reap what we sow. As we make our bed, we must sleep in it.

Judgment is not always immediate, but sure. Even if we escape judgment in this life we still must face the righteous judge in the hereafter. Paul teaches that we all "must appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he has done, whether it be good or bad," (2 Corinthians 5:10).

Compared to eternity, life at best is short. I'm sure you have heard it said many times before that eternal destiny depends upon earthly existence, or should I say our earthly sowing. How then are we making our beds? Are we sowing to the flesh or the spirit? Are we strivers of righteousness or a good time Charlie looking for earthly pleasures?

Being created after the image of God, our spiritual Father, is a heritage we should never forget. We should be concerned with righteousness and godly living as we make the bed we must sleep in. Apostle Paul tells us that, "godliness with contentment is great gain" because we will leave this world with nothing, exactly the same way we came into the world, (1 Timothy 6:6-7).

Those who are determined to be rich in this life fall into temptations and snares. Foolish and hurtful lusts will drown men in destruction and perdition. That sounds like a very uncomfortable bed to me! No sleeping in that bed!

By Wendell Ward

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