Summary: An encouragement to be faithful and persistent in following the example of Jesus Christ in doing good, doing all the good we can.
DO ALL THE GOOD YOU CAN
Text: Galatians 6:9-10
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
I. WE BECOME WEARY, DISCOURAGED.
A. We don’t see immediate or continuing response.
B. We fear what we have done was in vain (Galatians 4:11).
C. We get too busy doing too many things: family, work, ministry, school, etc.
D. We come close to giving up. Usually we don’t intend to quit, we’re just going to take a break for a while, but somehow we just never seem to get started up again.
WE MUST ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER TO KEEP ON DOING GOOD THINGS.
II. WE LOSE SIGHT OF THE HARVEST.
A. We fail to pray for the harvest.
B. We take our eyes off the goal. We get distracted for a time.
C. We grow impatient for the proper time of the harvest.
WE MUST KEEP OUR SIGHT ON THE NEED TO KEEP ON DOING GOOD THINGS.
III. WE LET OPPORTUNITIES PASS.
A. “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart (2 Corinthians 4:1).
B. We depend on past accomplishments to build some sort of credit for us.
C. Jesus went about doing good (Acts 10:38). We sometimes say, “Last month, last year, five years ago I did such and such a good thing.” But the question is, “What good thing are we doing right now?”
WE MUST BE SENSITIVE AND READY FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO DO GOOD THINGS.
IV. WE FORGET TO DO GOOD THINGS.
A. “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:16). Why do we forget to do good things? One reason is that we don’t read our Bibles. There are many good things that this chapter alone reminds us to do. I think God knows that we’ll forget, so He reminds us of these things over and over in the Bible. Trouble is it’s often like the notes we write to ourselves to remind us of this or that, but we don’t read them.
B. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25). We
become less involved, disconnected, isolated, cut off.
C. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:7-8).
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously” (2 Corinthians 9:6).
We forget the principle which applies equally in the material or the spiritual applications; that is that we will reap according to what we sow in quality and quantity.
E. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things” (Philippians 4:8).
“For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings up evil things out of the evil stored up in him (Matthew 12:34b-35).
We forget about the high-tech computer principle – GIGO.
GIGO: Garbage In – Garbage Out.
Why not change the application of this acronym to:
GIGO: Good In – Good Out.
WE MUST NOT FORGET TO KEEP ON DOING GOOD THINGS.
V. WE BECOME RESENTFUL, BITTER.
A. “But I tell you who hear Me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-28). Why?
B. “See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many” (Hebrews 12:15).
C. “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has
something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-24).
(Mom and her sister, Doris.)