Summary: Don’t lose heart. I know that sorrows come. But don’t be weary in well-doing. Share. Do Good. You will reap God’s good promises in due time. God says it is true! And I believe Him and His promises. Do you?
"Diligently Working Together"
Author: Dr. Neal Gray
Passage: Galatians 6:6-10
Purpose: Don’t lose heart. I know that sorrows
come. But don’t be weary in well-doing. Share.
Do Good. You will reap God’s good promises in
due time. God says it is true! And I believe
Him and His promises. Do you?
When you stop to look back at the lessons
that your parents taught you, don’t you now
just thank God for their wisdom? At the
time, you might have thought that your Mom
and Dad were just trying to make your life
miserable. But now, those key lessons help
keep you steady.
One lesson that comes to mind for me is
that my parents wouldn’t let me sell any of
my tools, toys, or other goodies to my
brothers. Why would I want to sell what I no
longer needed? For profit, of course. Why
did my parents stop the transaction? Here is
what they said, "WE ARE FAMILY."
==> A simple statement of truth, "We are
family." A lesson that keeps on keeping me
steady, even now that I am older.
Our Scripture is near the end of Paul’s
letter to the Galatian church: chapter six,
SHARING WITH ONE ANOTHER IN THE WORD
The lesson about family was a good lesson to
learn as a child. Indeed, we lived together
as a family.
It is A GREAT LESSON TO LIVE BY as a
Christian leader and follower. In our
church, we, too, live together as a family.
As a family, WE MUST LEARN THE CHRISTIAN
ETHIC OF DILIGENTLY WORKING TOGETHER.
Share Among Family Members
The first thing to learn in diligently
working together is TO SHARE.
Those of you who have the spiritual gift
of giving are right now saying, "Well, yes,
of course. Share. Give, for all blessings
from God are given to you." I’ve known a few
people who are severely blessed with the
spiritual gift of giving. They are amazing
people to be around.
You may not be one of those "giving-
gifted" people, but every Christian must
know that SHARING IS SO VERY NATURAL in the
Christian family life.
In this passage, we learn a very basic
avenue for sharing: teaching others.
Consider those who teach in your church.
The teachers share with you all that God is
giving to them. Your teachers...
* STUDY HARD, that they would handle
"accurately the word of truth," (cf.
* PRAY HARD, that they "may be filled
with the knowledge of His will in
all spiritual wisdom and
understanding," (cf. Colossians
* LOVE. "The goal of [their]
instruction is love from a pure
heart and a good conscience and a
sincere faith," (cf. 1 Timothy 1:5).
==> Those who accept the responsibility to
teach you in Sunday School practice the
Christian ethic of sharing--IN THE HIGHEST
DEGREE AND IMPORTANCE!
Now what about those who are of the
"household of the faith" that are physically
able to sit and hear and learn the teachings
from their Christian brothers and sisters?
HOW CAN YOU SHARE, TOO?
You can share these "good things"...
* GIVE THEM, (i.e., the teachers),
YOUR ATTENTION for one hour. If you
aren’t at Sunday School, sharing
your attention...well, you know.
When you show up late...well, you
You give your secular employer more
respect and attention than you give
to those who teach you the Word of
God. At least you show up at work on
time. Or, do you?
* SHARE YOUR COMMITMENT with those who
teach. The teachers must be
committed to study and pray. Share
* And SHARE YOUR SUPPORT. Get involved
in your small class. Make it
==> We are so very fortunate to have the God-
given teachers we have. Amen? Well, if you
believe that God has indeed given them to
you, then please SHARE YOURSELF WITH THEM.
Okay? All right.
YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW
Attitudes are the Father of Actions
I hope you will follow the Christian
teaching of sharing yourself, because your
life reflects your inner heart. Consider
this set of truths, for example:
==> * Your true beliefs set your
* Your priorities set your attitudes.
* Your attitudes determine your
One of my seminary professors stated in
class, "ATTITUDES ARE THE FATHER OF
ACTIONS." Though I wasn’t sure exactly what
he meant--not then--I wrote it down for
Grow Up Spiritually
Just like my parent’s lessons seeming
strange when I was a child, but have become
valuable as an adult; similarly, my
professor’s words are helping me now.
Sometimes we simply must "grow up" before we
==> So friend, perhaps you can see inside of
yourself that YOU NEED TO GROW UP