Devotions for September 21, 2017

GALATIANS 6:1-10

We Harvest What We Plant
6 Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer[a] is overcome by some sin, you who are godly[b] should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. 5 For we are each responsible for our own conduct.

6 Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them.

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.

ENDURING, SELFLESS COMMUNITY

After 9/11 and during hurricane Irma, we saw communities come together and serve one another. However, time and change often distance us from this urgent call to live for our neighbors. Paul explains how Christian community is a long-term, costly investment that will reap a beautiful harvest. It is one marked by loving labor.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: How does Paul describe doing good to others?

Q: What does it mean to “bear one another’s burdens”? How does this help us look more like Christ?

Q: Take a moment and think of someone in your life whose burden you can bear today. Maybe it’s taking a co-worker to lunch and simply listening to them. Maybe it’s choosing to do some chore that you know drains your neighbor, just so they can rest. Maybe it’s taking your kids to ice cream because you know they’ve had a rough day at school. What’s one action step you can take today to serve someone else?

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