Karma. The universe’s system of revenge. Getting what you deserve. Morality’s boomerang. Eye for an eye. What goes around comes around. Man’s Justice.
Many of us, including those who subscribe to the teachings of Christ, have adopted a karma mindset. We disqualify others and ourselves because of poor choices. We console with the “God’s gonna get ‘em” scriptures. The battle is the Lord’s. Touch not my anointed. Reap what you sow. Revenge is mine, saith the Lord. We exact judgment on our destiny and purpose for things we did before we even knew Christ. Not wanting to be exposed or viewed as a hypocrite, we live a life of restricted peace and contained joy. We condemn our future because of our past.
I don’t like karma. And I don’t think God likes karma either. The karma mindset causes us to under value our worth and invalidate our place in the Kingdom. It misrepresents the heart of God and distorts how we engage Him. Moreover, it opens the door for Satan to kick us around.
There are consequences for poor decisions and ill-intended actions, but God does not have a karma mentality. It’s important that you move that knowledge from your head to your heart. Romans 8:1 tells us there is no condemnation in Christ. Any heartache that is experienced because of sin has little to do with God’s judgment; but rather, it’s the unfortunate result of choosing to live outside of His covering and/or ignoring His counsel. But even then, the Father is not judging you. He has not disqualified you. He is holding fast to the plan and purpose He has for you. He’s standing, waiting for you to choose Him, to call on Him, to tag Him in like a WWF wrestler. Sorry- couldn’t help myself. Yes, you will reap what you sow. But Jesus, the gardener, can pull a weed up from its roots- clean- for those who make Him their hiding place.
Someone get me a tambourine!
Why would God do that? Why would He bother to get His hands dirty on my behalf? Because He’s not just God. He’s a Father. A good daddy is blessed by the contrite heart of his children. He is focused on the lesson learned, not just the consequence. A good daddy will not, cannot close his heart to his children. You have a goooood Daddy in God.
Growing up, my brother would write apology letters to our mom after being caught and subsequently punished for some wrongdoing. He would put his head in her lap and maybe even drop a few tears. Minutes later, I would hear him laughing, watching the Flintstones! She fell for that? I, on the other hand, had to serve my full sentence.
I resented it. I saw it as manipulative, maybe even weak on occasion. The truth was my brother’s young heart could not stand to be out of fellowship with our mother. He would do whatever it took to be in peace with her, even me. My mom didn’t “fall” for anything. She was recognizing and responding to a repented and contrite heart.
Why do I share this?
My mother is not God. On her best day, her love for us is still flawed in comparison to God’s love for us. She has her bad days. Days of fear and uncertainty. Days of fatigue and low patience. Days of anger and misunderstandings. But I’m her child. There may be consequences but there’s no condemnation. Our growing pains did not lessen or restrict her love for us or her desire to bless us.
Unlike my mother, God is not flawed. He does not have bad days. He’s not stressed, burdened or tired. He is not moved by our temper tantrums. Jesus’ love is consistent, immeasurable and available.
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him? Matthew 7:11 ESV
The Daddy-God conspired to reconcile us back to Him, to bring us into the family, to give us the title of son and daughter. He allowed one son to be killed on the cross so He could have many sons. Calvary killed karma. Calvary killed the notion of condemnation. Calvary killed the law and gave birth to grace.
In a culture where performance determines acceptance, karma is given life. But you- child of the Most High- don’t have to live there. We are in this world, but not of it (2 Corinthians 10:3). You can choose to keep the pillow on the face of karma and walk in the knowing that Jesus is in love with you. In that immeasurable love, He promises to take every tear and terror (inflicted on you or by you) as a teachable moment, not an opportunity for a spiritual flogging. He killed karma.
If you don’t know this gooood Daddy as your own, but want to, let your heart write a letter of confession and apology. Lay your head in His lap and accept the invitation of reconciliation and sonship offered more than 2000 years ago. I promise— He promises—you won’t regret it.
…I am the Lord; Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed. Isaiah 49:23 NIV