Some people call it karma. A person receives the same treatment that they have given to others whether that be positive or negative. Jesus taught it this way, "You reap what you sow." But what about the times that I don't reap, Jesus? I mean, I'm nice to people and they are not always nice back. How does this fit into your whole reaping and sowing?
As always, this can be linked to a heart condition. Our impatience, programmed for instant gratification, living in a world of microwave dinner, hearts.
Let's say I am nice to someone, that person is not nice to me. Should I continue being nice to that person or begin treating them the way they are treating me? The world says, "treat them the way they are treating you" or "cut them off from your life altogether, you don't need that crap".
Jesus gave some very different advice:
“But I say to you who are listening, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who are cruel to you. If anyone slaps you on one cheek, offer him the other cheek, too. If someone takes your coat, do not stop him from taking your shirt. Give to everyone who asks you, and when someone takes something that is yours, don’t ask for it back. Do to others what you would want them to do to you. If you love only the people who love you, what praise should you get? Even sinners love the people who love them. If you do good only to those who do good to you, what praise should you get? Even sinners do that! If you lend things to people, always hoping to get something back, what praise should you get? Even sinners lend to other sinners so that they can get back the same amount! But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without hoping to get anything back. Then you will have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High God, because he is kind even to people who are ungrateful and full of sin. Show mercy, just as your Father shows mercy." Luke 6:27-36 NCV
Basically, Jesus was saying, "Harvest is coming! You have been put on this earth with a purpose, to plant my Father's seed. The harvest is not for your glory but for his. So stop seeking the harvest and focus more on the seeds you're planting."
I have to be the change that I want to see in the world. I have to be the change that I want to see in the world. I may be nice to someone and they may never be nice to me back. If I am focused on myself, I will get frustrated in those moments and give up with a 'what's the point?' attitude.
What I don't realize and often tend to forget is that others are always watching. Always seeing the seeds that I am planting in the world around me. When I plant my Father's seeds, when I show kindness where it seems undeserved, people will notice. The question that I have to ask myself is who I want them to notice. Do I want recognition for all the 'hard work' I'm putting in by planting this seed? Or do I want them to recognize the One who gave me the seed to plant? God is kind to me, God is forgiving to me, God is generous to me, God is merciful to me. Am I taking His example and planting the same in this world?
"Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." Luke 10:2 NKJV