The 6th Chapter of the book of Galatians is a wonderful source of knowledge and instruction and if applied can greatly benefit those around us, as well as ourselves. It begins with a plea to look around to see if we can offer help to any person we know who may have suffered a spiritual relapse. It even shows us how best to do it, namely humbly, gently, and carefully, remembering that we too are imperfect and are as capable of falling as anyone else. We are reminded that to help others with their burdens is to fulfill the law of Christ, and that as far as our personal obligations are concerned, we should be faithful in doing our own part. Many of you know what it is to have co-workers who don’t pull their own load in the workplace. It upsets others and places an unjust burden on them. In life, in families, within our circles of friends, and even in church, that should not be.
Toward the end of the chapter, Paul wrote about those who relish in making outward impressions and concludes with this meaningful statement: Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. (Gal. 6:17) To me, this is a reminder that those who love and truly serve the Lord have marks, which speak for them and set them apart, and because of it they do not have to tell the world who they are or what they do. When conducting a funeral, I delight when I can say that the deceased may have left this world but not before leaving his or her mark upon it. How did they accomplish that? Among many other good things, they applied the instructions in the book of Galatians.
One of the earmarks of Jesus’ earthly ministry was that He went around doing good to those He encountered. This 10th verse in this chapter encourages us to do good to all people whenever the opportunity arises and verse 9 pleads with us not to grow weary in doing it. It does so because at times it may seem that it doesn’t do much good or that the recipients don’t appreciate it. Lets not forget Who we’re first doing it for. The truth is that it does help, makes an impact, and more importantly, it pleases God. Today, go leave your mark somewhere.
Memory verse for the week: (Galatians 6:2) Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.