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Don’t Grow Tired Of Doing Good

We’re nearing the end of Galatians.  Paul is giving these believers final words on what living a life of following Christ is all about.

One of the issues that got back to Paul about the Galatians seems to be that they did not support their pastors.  Galatians 6:6 says Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.  Paul is encouraging them to take care of their pastors.  Why did they do this?  It’s hard to say.  It seems that this is a continuation of the thought from the previous paragraph about bearing each other’s burdens.  Pastoring is difficult.  Church members expect total access to their pastors.  They want them to preach, counsel, marry, and bury.  They want to be able to pop into the pastor’s office anytime they feel like it.  They want him to be at every church event to the detriment of their family.  And  they want him to do it for as little as possible.  Paul indicates they should be taken care of.

It seems that, perhaps, the Galatians wanted to do this so that they could do more with their own money.  Maybe they were greedy.  Or selfish.  Either way, they had deceived themselves into withholding from the general fund of the church.  Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.  The Galatians were mocking God.  Why?  They did not see anything coming their way in terms of hard times or discipline or correction.  However, Paul says that there may be a time-lapse.  When one plants, the results do not immediately take place.  One plants in the spring.  The harvest comes in the fall.  The Lord may let the fruit of the mocking and deception grow.

The problem is that the harvest is what we sow.  For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.  Look at what Paul is saying.  Eternal life is at stake.  Look back at Galatians 5:19 and the desires and works of the flesh.  Those who do such things do not inherit the kingdom of God.  Who inherits eternal life?  The one who take the fruit of the Spirit and sows the seed that comes from it.

Why was this taking place?  What was the effect of the false teachers of the Judaizers?  The Galatians had grown weary of doing good.  And let us not grow weary of doing good for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.  The false teachers had come in with a promise of how God wanted the Galatians to live.  Maybe they were tired of living the life of Christ and not seeing the results.  The Judaizers gave them a tangible way of seeing something.  Follow the law.  Cross off every day how good you have been for God.  They were tired of doing good.  Now, they were going to do something for themselves.  Unfortunately, that leads to the works of the flesh.

What does Paul want the Galatians to do?  Be patient.  Wait.  Live and walk in the Spirit and let the reaping take place in its time.  So then, as we have opportunity  let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.  Paul wants good to come out of the Spirit being in their lives.  He wants the Galatians to be good to everyone.  He wants it to begin in the local church, in the family of God.  Take care of each other and then move on to others.


1.  We are to take care of each other.

2.  We are to take care of our pastors.

3.  We should not grow tired of doing good.

4.  We will reap what we sow.

  1. September 30, 2013 at 11:29 am

    We just had our harvest celebration in our church here in Ukraine and “sowing and reaping” is always a big topic. I had a chance to talk to our youth in the evening about how to produce fruit in their lives. I emphasized the fact that in order to have fruit we must be willing to do the work and be faithful and patient in the work.

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