Verse of the Day Devotion: Galatians 6:10
“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” – Galatians 6:10
There is much that is involved regarding this Christian walk. There is spending time with God in prayer, praise and worship. There is reading and studying His word, as well as teaching about this life to those that are new in the faith. But this verse lays out the heart of this life, doing good to others out of love.
In fact, we are called to do good. “As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13. Also, “They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:19. We must always be willing and ready to do good to all we come across. There are many out there that struggle with making ends meet, having enough food on their table or have no way to get somewhere they need to go. You will be doing them a great favor by helping meet their needs.
Also, there are times when we will go through sadness, grief or disappointment. If we know someone who is experiencing this, pray fervently for them, visit them to encourage them and maybe just be there with them. It is amazing how healing it is for someone to just be there with us. These are beautiful times where we get to exhibit the love of God with people who need to feel it.
And who are we to exhibit this to? To everyone. For those who are Christians, God can work through us to reveal His love and purposes for them. He can show them, through us, there is a purpose to the hard times they are in, and that He will never leave or forsake them. Life is not always as we desire, even as Christians, but whatever happens, we can always be sure He has a good purpose. And for the unsaved, it may be what God knows will open their hearts to the knowledge of His love and forgiveness which will bring them to salvation, either immediately or sometime down the road.
In closing, never weary of doing good. The verse just before the focus verse says, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9. We should always do all we can to help, encourage, uplift and walk alongside everyone who we come across. Who knows what their needs are, and how we could make a difference in their life if we do? And besides, though not being the reason, when we do good, we will reap a reward from God. Not a bad thing.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.