Galatians 6:7-10 (NLT)
7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
In the final chapter of his writing, Paul encourages the Galatians to watch after those who have been led to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. In the verses above Paul starts out by saying, “you cannot mock the justice of God.” This is a reminder not to be deceived by ones own sin. Some people may have believed they had no great sins to account for and therefore did not have any responsibility for others within the church. As Paul continues he reminds the Galatians not to tire and give up on the work they are doing for God. He tells them, “whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone.” Our service to God should be from our faith and wanting to please God.
In Christianity today there was a story of a woman who enjoyed bargain shopping at garage sales and selling her items on EBAY. One day she came across a saxophone being sold for $20. Not knowing the value of the instrument she called her husband and asked him to search for similar items. He told her he could not find anything. Reluctantly she bought the sax and as she was leaving an older man stopped her to ask how much she paid for the saxophone. When she told him, he said he would give her $40 for the saxophone, which she quickly took. When she got home she searched for the saxophone to see if she had made a good deal, but quickly found out similar items were selling for $500 and up. She showed her husband and found out he had searched incorrectly. Suddenly the blessing of selling the sax for a profit turned into disappointment. She began to harbor ill feelings towards the man thinking surely he knew what the sax was worth. She worked hard searching for bargains and wondered why this opportunity was stolen from her. She was worn out and tired trying to stretch the family’s budget with the extra income. Her thoughts even turned to searching for the man to offer him $60 to buy the sax back. Why did I loose this good deal, she asked herself? As she was reading Galatians 6, God gave her an answer, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good.” As she thought about the verse she also thought about 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you.” She let go of the burden knowing she had sold the sax to the man fairly. She even let go of her anger towards her husband for his mistake. Months later at another garage sale she saw the man who had purchased the sax from her looking at some items. She tried to avoid him, but he recognized her and asked her if she had found any good treasures. Wanting to be gracious, she said no in a kind manner. The man then took hold of her arm and said he wanted to thank her; she had given him back his love for the saxophone. He was retired and was now volunteering to teach kids how to play. She realized he didn’t make the purchase to take from her, but to give back to others. A blessing had been given back to her. It was not money, but the joy of knowing she helped someone who was helping others.