Thumbs & Big toes

Treat others the way you want to be treated. What goes around comes around. Your sins will find you out. You reap what you sow. These are sayings that really make us stop and think about how we’re living, what we’re doing and how we’re treating others.

There was one guy who learned these lessons in a very hard way. In Judges chapter 1, the tribe of Judah was working on further capturing their land. Destroying their enemies. They defeated certain armies and found one of their leaders. Look at what they did to him: they “cut off his thumbs and his big toes” (v 6). Ouch! That seems harsh, doesn’t it? But the man himself confessed that it wasn’t harsh at all. Listen to his confession: “Seventy kings with their thumbs and their big toes cut off used to pick up scraps under my table. As I have done, so God has repaid me” (v 7). This man had been guilty of mutilating other men and treating them shamefully. He realized that he deserved what was happening to him. He sowed it. He reaped it.

Paul tells us in Galatians 6 that we will reap what we sow. Jesus tells us in Matthew 25 that we will be judged by how we treat people on the Judgment Day. So, what have we done? If we were to be repaid right now for the things we’ve done, what would happen? Would we be missing some thumbs and big toes? God isn’t joking when He says He will punish those in sin. God’s not playing when He tells us how to treat one another. We are all going to be judged based on our works.

We will reap what we sow. What are we sowing? What goes around comes around. What is going to come back to us? We’re to treat others as we would want to be treated. So how would we be treated in return? Our sins will find us out. What is there to find out? We can be sowing good things, godly things. We will reap the blessings. We can keep ourselves from sin and be rewarded for our righteousness and faithfulness. Look at your thumbs and big toes. Let them remind you that everything you do has a consequence; whether good or bad. Let’s make it good. Let’s reap blessings. Let’s be given back all the good that we’ve given out. Let’s keep our thumbs and big toes.


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