Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:9-10)
Let is never be weary of doing good. This is a concept that is repeated throughout the bible in many different forms. We are instructed to do good to others, our friends and neighbors, members of our Christian families, and even our enemies. These goof works are the works of god, the works that he would have us do as faithful followers of his way. These are the good works done by Jesus during his time on earth and the good works that we, as sons and daughters of the Christian family must continue to do all the days of our lives. We frequently hear people say, “My work here is not yet done.” Hopefully, that work to which they refer is the good works of God.
The sixth chapter of Paul’s letter to the Galatians is actually a final admonition and benediction: I am writing in my own hand. Paul dictated his letters, but customarily wrote a personal note at the end in his own hand. Paul concluded in this fashion in 1 Corinthians, Romans, Thessalonians and Colossians. His concluding words here, however, are not warm and personal. As he begins without thanksgiving, so he concludes without personal warmth or mentioning any names. Instead, he provides a harsh summary of the message of the whole letter.
Paul’s I is not merely an individualistic personal experience, but representative of Christian existence as such.
The old world was marked by distinctions and separations. One received one’s identity by being either this or not this, Jew or Gentile, law-keeper or law-ignorer, male or female, save or free. The new world that came into being in Jesus Christ had overcome not only the law and circumstances, but non-law and non-circumstance, religion and non-religion. The Galatians are reminded again of the pronouncement they heard at their baptism.
And, in our verse for today, we are reminded to do good. May we never tire of doing the good works that God intended us to do. May we walk in the paths of righteousness and o good to both our neighbors and our enemies. May we stoop to help, bend to lift, and carry the burdens of those who cannot carry them alone. May we seek strength and wisdom from our Lord Jesus Christ to do good to all people, and especially to those who are members of our family in heaven.
References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock and The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur.
Columbia Prayer Chain: Thursday, December 20
In our prayers: Pam James, Becca, Doug and Sharon, Shandra Dickenson, John Kelchner, Jeannie, Elizabeth Matthews, Nedrick Griffin, Jennifer Handy, Nancy Stuckey, Annemarie Sullivan, Rachel and Randy Wurtzbaugh, Patty Peckham, Denise Byrd, Caralynn, Greg and Lisa Steele, Dean Timothy Jones, Linda Langford, Marty Fritz, Harriet Hancock, Tommy and Robby Palmer, Patty and Ted Mac Laughlin, Janet Long, Bobby Wilson, Debbie and Pat Barry, Betty Jo Sullivan, Mary Francis Harris, Patrick and Patricia Barry, Jordan Hill, Doris Clevenger, Charles Sigel, Joe Reno, Bob Davis, John Whatley, Nancy Zuckerman, Charles Davis Sr., Elaine and Sharon, Bill Carter, Betty Peavy Frick, Joye Cantrell, Fred and Gail, Dale and Norma Sessions, Padge Arrington, Jerry Callahan, Norman Masters
Our thoughts are prayers are especially with all whose lives were touched by the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
In memoriam: Juanita Couliette Andrews, Lillie Ruth Carnes, Dr. Carol J. Carlisle, Barbara Griffin Black, Eugene Chestnut Jr., Denise Michelle “Missy” Combs, Feaster Roof Gregorian, Susan Charlene Hardison, Thomas A. Wicker, Ronald Kemp Ferguson, Georgia Gidron Cannon, Barbara D. Bailey, Mary Sue Wrenn Heath, Michael “Mike” Mann Lindler, Judy McCartney McCoy, Lillie Mae Wise, Steven Alan Wise Jr., Claudette LaVec, Lisa Waller, Wesley Johnson Sr., Courtney Margaret Ware
Our prayers are with: the elderly, the homeless, all currently fighting illness, all beloved pets, our president and congress, our police officers and firefighters, all who serve in the armed forces
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