Summary: Pentecost 7(C) - Do not become weary in doing good especially to the family of believers and also even for all of humanity.
“DO NOT BECOME WEARY IN DOING GOOD” (Outline)
July 19, 2009 --
PENTECOST 7 --
INTRO: Greatness in God’s kingdom differs far differently compared to the standards of greatness in this world. Too often all too many only look at the numbers. The bigger the numbers means greater the success. So, often, the mega-churches (large numbers) grab the headlines from our media in our success oriented society. But God’s measure of greatness is just the opposite. Jesus reminded his disciples not to worry about their importance or standing or success according to men. "Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all" (MARK 10:43,45). Greatness in God’s kingdom is to continue to do good with humility.
“DO NOT BECOME WEARY IN DOING GOOD”:
I. For the family of believers,
II. Even for all humanity.
I. DO GOOD FOR THE FAMILY OF BELIEVERS
A. Verse 10. Paul recaps the first nine verses. It sounds strange to encourage good among believers.
1. Paul writes this way because he is speaking to them about spiritual goodness among believers.
2. Verse 1a. Sin happens. It happens in every congregation. Spiritual people will help to restore.
3. God’s family wants believers to be careful in helping each sinner. Show sin. Restore gently.
B. Verse 1b. Paul warns all to be careful unless they are tempted into the same or even worse sins.
1. Verse 2. Carrying other’s burdens fulfills Christ’s law, which is love. Love works humbly.
2. Verse 3. All have sinned. All have fallen short. Not one sinner is better than anyone else.
3. Verse 4a. Each one is accountable for own shortcomings. Each examines own actions.
4. Verses 4b, 5. Each will carry his or her sin. There is no pride in being sinful. Sin humbles.
C. Verse 6. There were no commands concerning giving in New Testament. Gladly give and share.
D. “Do not become weary in doing good” especially to the family of believers. Yes, even in the family of believers there is going to be sin. There are going to be spiritual needs that need to be met. Our text this morning is concerned with the spiritual far more than earthly needs of the believers. Our desire in “doing good” will also want to concentrate on helping our fellow believers with his spiritual needs. "But if you do warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he will surely live because he took warning, and you will have saved yourself" (EZEKIEL 3:21). Even the righteous sin. Help them by warning them to turn from wickedness, rebellion, and sin. Help them so they may see their sin, repent, and live!
E. Believers will want to be forgiving. This is not normal for our sinful nature that lives in us. But we do have the example of Jesus to strengthen us. "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity" (COLOSSIANS 3:13,14). Be forgiving. “Do not become weary in doing good”. The disciples even asked if forgiving 7 or 70 times was enough. If you are keeping track of your forgiveness for others you are not really being forgiving. God’s love forgives.
F. For what purpose are believers to be so forgiving? Forgiveness reveals the love of Jesus for all of mankind, especially the family of believers. Forgiveness brings the family of believers, God’s church, together with a certain sense of joy and rejoicing. "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for every-thing, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (EPHESIANS 5:19,20). The world ought to see in each of us the forgiveness of our loving Lord in our treatment of the family of believers. “Doing good” by forgiving reveals the light of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let your light (forgiveness) shine to the glory of God.
“DO NOT BECOME WEARY IN DOING GOOD” especially for the family of believers.
II. DO GOOD EVEN FOR ALL OF HUMANITY
A. Verse 10. “Do good to all people”. This statement goes beyond even those in the family of believers.
1. “All people” includes those who may even take advantage of the charity of Christ’s family.
2. Verse 7. God knows the hearts of all. God is not mocked. God will judge every deceiver.
3. Verse 8. From nature one can only reap what he plants, not something different.
B. Sowing different seeds produces very different results. There is earthly sowing and spiritual sowing.