Whatever we do leaves a deposit that will affect our children—for good or ill. Next time temptation hits, say out loud, “Whatever I do will impact my children and their children and their children . . .”
My great-great-grandchild will reap what I sow. Or, as in David’s case, the reaping won’t take that long.
Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.”
Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the LORD, the son born to you will die.” 2 Samuel 12:13, NLT
Is it fair? No, life is not fair. God is fair. He created laws to bring us blessings. He created them before we (our great-great-great … grandparents) sinned. As Adam and Eve did good things in the Garden, their children would reap goodness. But when they yielded to temptation and sinned, the same law that was created for blessing now brought harm. You will reap what you sow.
Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. Galatians 6:7-8, NLT
We reap the blessings of our forefathers: the printing press, the cotton gin, the automobile, the computer . . . We also reap their sins. That’s the way life works.