Wednesday – December 14, 2016
Read: Galatians 6:7-10
Focus: vs 10
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
One of the basic principles by which I have tried to live is embodied in the children’s chorus I learned even before coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is very short and to the point – as all teaching tools for the very young should be. It has stuck with me for over 66 years.
Jesus, then Others, and lastly You is a good way to live. It puts things in their proper sequence and helps keep a balance in your life. (By the way, the tune of this song is the same as Jingle Bells.)
The principle of reaping what you sow is found in our scripture portion for today. When I was a boy my grandfather occasionally planted a crop of millet, which is a smaller cousin of what is called milo here in Nebraska. The problem that occurred was there was also a weed that came up along with the millet that had seeds very similar to a millet seed but slightly larger. The combine used was able to distinguish between the two seeds and sent them to different spouts where each was bagged and set aside. The weed seed was often burned while the millet seed was saved and sold. Sort of like the wheat and the tares spoken of in the Bible. The point is that we harvest what we sow, thus when it comes to relationships and how we treat the people around us this is still true.
Doing good, as spoken of in verses nine and ten, is equated with pleasing the Spirit and results in good treatment toward others, and especially with regard to our fellow believers. In attempting to please the Spirit we end up doing good for those around us. This becomes a gift for them and is part of the treasure we lay up in heaven.
Have you developed the attitude of doing good for others? Is it part of your lifestyle in Christ Jesus? It should be intentional on our part, but not to garner any accolades for ourselves, rather as a means of giving glory to God our Savior.