A Trail Behind
“The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever” (1 Timothy 5.24-25 NIV).
The one thing that we never have to worry about is people getting away with doing bad deeds and others not being rewarded for doing good deeds. God sees everything we do, and He has placed a system of sowing and reaping into our world (Galatians 6.7). If people continually make choices that displease God, a trail of their sin will be right behind them. It may seem that they are getting away with their sin at first because they cut off relationships and responsibilities that keep them accountable, but eventually their bad choices will overtake them and affect their future. They can seek forgiveness, but the repercussions of their sin will have lasting consequences. However, the people who please God even in the unseen corners of their lives, serving and giving themselves to His will without seeking recognition will also be exposed and their good deeds revealed. It may seem that their efforts are passed over at first and that God doesn’t seem to care, but eventually their good deeds will overflow onto the world around them. We don’t have to worry our minds with trying to establish fairness. God knows everyone’s good and bad deeds, and nothing will “remain hidden forever.” God’s ways cannot be bypassed or circumvented, and our actions will either plant a crop of blessing or destruction.
“For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life” (Galatians 6.8 ESV).