Pastor John has prepared brief devotions for the newsletter during each week of his sabbatical (July 1-September 30). Each passage is a favorite of Pastor John.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:9,10
There is a wonderful reality and simplicity to Galatians 6:9, 10, and it can be summed up in three statements:
- Don’t get tired of doing good. Do you ever tire of doing the right thing? I know I do. It’s especially easy when we are physically and/or emotionally drained to just not want to stretch ourselves. Doing good is marker of our faith (it tells people we belong to Jesus) and it is also a witness to our faith (it tells people about Jesus).
- Don’t give up, the reward is worth it. This implies that the work we d for the kingdom is a long process most of the time. This is an important word to hear, as the world we live in has a shorter and shorter attention span and grows more impatient by the day. Making disciples, which is the primary work of the Church, takes a great deal of time. We don’t want faith for a quick fix, we want long-haul discipleship.
- Treat the people of God like family. If you are a Christian, you are part of a larger family. Those who are in Christ are brothers and sisters to one another. And so, we should live out our faith with one another, and that includes doing good things for one another. The reason Paul includes this command is because the easiest place to serve and love others ought to be the Body of Christ. If we can’t do that for some reason, we have some problems to resolve.
What should not be missed here is the sense that living for Jesus and serving him and his church is going to be hard at times. Some days we will not feel like it. There will be seasons where we want it to be someone else’s problem. When we feel that way, it is important that we do not give up. There will be a reward, a harvest, as Paul puts it, in due time. Stay faithful, my friends!