It is really hard to always be humble and be content with knowing that to help and serve others is to do God’s work. In today’s passage, Paul points out some really basic yet difficult truths about how we should be with each other. The main idea seems to be that we are no better or worse than anyone else. We all need help and we all have a responsibility to help each other. However, when it comes down to it, we are all individually responsible for our own behaviour in the service of God and the more we put in, the more will come out. I am often ready to give up on good ideas that have become difficult or seem like thankless tasks, but when I am feeling tired and then I read the Bible and find passages like today’s, I hear God’s own voice encouraging me. He says, “Don’t give up, you will reap a harvest of blessing if you don’t give up”. (Galatians 6:9)
Galatians 6:1-10 NLT
Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them. 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. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
These devotionals have, at times, been a place of confession for me. At other times they have been platform from which to encourage and challenge those I know in the faith and sometimes, just a way to share fellowship with others that I may never have the chance to see. But sometimes it has been hard to do, especially when I have been tired. My goal is always to remember the harvest of blessings God has promised to those who never give up doing good whenever they have the opportunity. I firmly believe that the Bible is good for us and I will continue to take the opportunity everyday, to share what it says.
Isaiah 37:1-38:22, Galatians 6:1-18, Psalms 65:1-13, Proverbs 23:24