Paul has written a letter to the Galatian church with a heavy heart. He has corrected and admonished them regarding exclusion, works-based religion, and the danger of following the arrogant leaders who teach such things calling them the gospel. He’s given instructions on how to restore an erring brother (little wonder why!) and brings his letter to a close with a final exhortation and warning.
Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. ~Galatians 6:6-10
Paul has three things left to say in his effort to summarize his instructions here. Give back, don’t give up, and do good.
Give back. How many times were we taught the gospel before we embraced it? How much love were we shown by God’s people? How many served us? Every believer owes a debt of love to Christ and to his people. As we have received, we must so give.
Do not give up. Paul says do not grow weary. He tells the Christians that they will only benefit if they don’t give up. For some of us, that seems like quite an enormous “if.” This is the crippling fear of every martyr and every saint who is under fire, pressed by temptation, and bearing great burdens for the gospel’s sake. Doubtless, an instruction like this implies our great tendency and ability to do so. But to whom shall we go? And to what? We’ve only two options in this world: spiritual life or carnal life; living for Christ or living for self. And isn’t it just like us to believe we can sow to our flesh yet still reap good to our soul? Oh! How deceived we so often are! Otherwise, we’d haven’t need for Paul to write, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, of whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”
In times when the darkness seems so dark and the masquerader seems so much like our saving angel of light, we must pine to remember Paul’s true words.
Do not be deceived! Do not grow weary! Do not give up! Do good!
Finally, do good. Do good to everyone, but especially those who believe. Where the Judiazers in Galatia sought to exclude, Paul includes. We cannot do good to people if we have grown weary of them. We cannot do good if we give up. We cannot do good to those we exclude, ostracize, or alienate. We cannot do good if we are sowing to please our flesh. We cannot do good if we allow favoritism, cliques, superiority, or stereotypes to infringe upon on Christianity. We’ve no business being involved in such things. Our business is only to do good to everyone.
Give back. Do not grow weary. Do not give up. Do not give up. Do not give up. Do good to everyone.
God, help me hear Paul’s words today.