Work for the Good of All
Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.
Paul had just taught the Galatians to correct each other in a loving manner and to give to each other’s needs. He warned them not to think too highly of themselves and to help carry one another’s burdens. He then taught them they would reap what they sow and encouraged them to sow good so that it would come back to them. He finished this subject with this verse, which instructs them to always work for the good of all, especially for fellow believers. In a nutshell, he taught them that the good and bad they do to others will come back on them, so take every opportunity to work for the good of all.
We see clearly from this text that we are to take care of each other. Churches and ministries that grow are ones that take care of each other. I firmly believe that the older generation understands this much more than the younger generation does. Granted, God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7). Love meets needs, and a group that loves each other will reach out to meet the needs and carry each other’s burdens. Such caring for each other is what gives us a happy life – a joy that money, possessions, or position could never give. We all need a strong sense of family and community that gives to each other, lifts each other up, and gives in time of need.
We often think of giving in terms of money. Many of the needs around you, however, may come in the form of time, talent, fellowship, laughter, or just a listening ear. While times are hard, there are many who just need to feel a sense of belonging to weather personal difficulty. Take every opportunity to meet the needs God shows you. You will benefit more than you realize.
Perhaps, you’ve already learned the art of giving and helping carry one another’s burdens. I commend you and challenge you to teach someone else to experience that same joy. Mentor someone else to give for the good of all. This is a lesson the younger generation needs to fill the empty void that selfishness, self-sufficiency, and independence has left in so many. Let’s take care of one another and help show others how to do the same. We will reap what we sow!
Have a blessed day!