Summary: This is how we live as God’s people. 1.) We help restore those caught in sin. 2.) We help carry one another’s burdens. 3.) We support our pastor and the work of this congregation. 4.) We do what is good.
Today, however, everyone is a priest, but Christ did mandate those in the Office of the Holy Ministry (first Apostles, and then pastors) to do His work of preaching, teaching, and giving out His Sacraments. That’s why “the person who is taught the Word should share all his goods with the one who teaches,” so the pastor has the time and abilities to do his duties well.
But the line doesn’t end there so cleanly. In Christian freedom, we choose to do other tasks. We want a fitting place for worship. We want Bibles for Sunday School. We want an organist, so our hymn singing doesn’t sound like a cat in heat. We want a good Choir. We want a secretary, especially since your pastor is a basket-case at administrative tasks.
In the end, it comes down to this: You can invest in one of two ways. You can invest in God’s Kingdom or your own kingdom. One lasts into eternity. The other only lasts as long as you have breath.
We were born bringing nothing into the world. And we will die taking nothing out of the world. Only one investment will follow us into life of the world to come: those who have also been brought and kept in God’s Kingdom. That’s why we want to be faithful as Christians.
Does it now make sense why Paul then says what he says? He goes on to say, “Let us not grow weary of doing what is good, for, at the right time, we will reap a harvest--if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have the chance, let us do what is good for all, especially to those in the family of faith.”
So this is how we live as God’s people. 1.) We help restore those caught in sin. 2.) We help carry one another’s burdens. 3.) We support our pastor and the work of this congregation. 4.) We do what is good, whenever we have the chance, starting with those in the family of faith. And 5,) we don’t give up!
Your investment will reap its reward in God’s good time. Those are encouraging words. God is letting us know that, as His people, our investments in His Kingdom will receive a good return. It’s as the Apostle says: “The one who sows in the Spirit will harvest eternal life from the Spirit.” This is all because we have been brought into Christ’s Church to live the life of faith in this fallen world. Amen.