Meditating on Galatians 6:10 reminds us of the extent of our Christian duty. Galatians 6:10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us … (visit YouTube for more)
Galatians chapter 6 verse 10 says, 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 the Christians to be doing good, because that would be a natural expression, wouldn’t it, of our faith. We know that we have received much in terms of what God has done for us, and out of that wealth we should be able to give, both in terms of giving of what we have, but also as an act of gratitude, of "paying it forward", if you like.
But then he focuses particularly on those who are of the household of faith. So why is that? Is Paul saying that we should show favouritism to Christians? Well, no, because he makes it clear in other places that he’s not interested in favouritism. But if you think about when this was written, the Christian church that was just starting was in a time of great persecution. So absolutely, the Christians would also have been in great need.
So, at least one of the things that he is saying is that we need to be kind and considerate and compassionate towards those who are suffering with us for the gospel.
What we see from Paul is compassion. Compassion for those around him. Compassion for those who are going through great trials and persecution. But compassion for everyone. He doesn’t leave anyone out here. He says, do good to everyone. It’s okay for our focus to be on those who most need it. But we don’t let it stop there.
Everyone needs good done to them in their lives. And the most good that we can ever do for anyone is to introduce them to Jesus.
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone. And especially to those who are of the household of faith. May God bless you.