March 23, 2021 – Tuesday
Galatians 6:9-10 NIV
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
It is interesting how verse 9 above refers to verse 8, Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. We should be able to see verse 9 as a continuation of sowing to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. It is the same reason we should not become weary in doing good because at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. And of the Spirit, eternal life is harvested for all who have accepted the good news and believed.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, in the beginning of verse 10, is a plea of sorts not to give up, not to lose heart no matter how great or small the opportunity. Cotton Mather said, The opportunity to do good, imposes the obligation to do it, Barne’s Notes on the Bible adds more, It is not that we are to do it when it is convenient; or when it will advance the interest of a party; or when it may contribute to our fame; the rule is, that we are to do it when we have the opportunity. No matter how often that occurs; no matter how many objects of benevolence are presented – the more the better; no matter how much self-denial it may cost us; no matter how little fame we may get by it; still, if we have the opportunity to do good, we are to do it. And then he concludes powerfully with, We should be thankful for the privilege.
But then the verse ends that we are not only to do good to all people, but especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Especially, a word you will find in almost every translation of the bible. However, you will not find it in Strong’s Dictionary when looking up this verse via the BlueLetterBible.org. I had to find it via the interlinear Bible at Scriptureforall.org where it corresponds to the G3142. But that was no help either as it is defined generally as testimony or witness. Still, its root word is G3144, where we find one definition of particularly. Does not seem like much until you consider synonyms for especially which include particularly, chiefly, in particular, etc. We are able to substitute any of these for especially and still achieve the same meaning!
Thus, when we do good to all people, we are to in particular or chiefly or particularly to those good works to those who belong to the family of believers! While seeking to spread the good news of Jesus Christ we cannot forget those who are members of our family of believers. I would add that includes denominations we may have real differences with if they belong to our family of believers. Barne’s Notes says, On the same principle that a man is bound particularly to benefit his own family and friends. In his large and expansive zeal for the world at large, he is not to forget or neglect them. He amplifies this by concluding, He is to feel that they have special claims on him. I believe that.
In summary: We are to do just as Paul stated in verse 10, good to all people, but especially to those who belong to the family of believers of which we are part. This is a way to imitate Jesus as well, as He died for the sins of all, but He has special rewards for those, in His family, who will join Him in heaven.
Prayer: Heavenly Father God – Thank You so much for the gift of Grace you have given me. Help me to share the gift with others and remember to always look to help my fellow believers. – In Jesus name. Amen.