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Galatians 6:1-10 (NIV)
Doing Good to All
6 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Who we are has a great impact on what we do. If you’re a barista, you will make coffee, carry coffee bags, and deal with coffee-loving people. If you are a UPS delivery person, you will carry packages. If you are a nurse, you will carry people’s hurts and healings. Yet, in addition to all these things, our study of Galatians has taught us that first and foremost, we are children of God. We have learned that before all other things, we are chosen by God, clothed in his purity and righteousness and given the gift of faith and his abounding grace. Who we are has a great impact on what we do. As children of God, we are called to be gracious to one another (Gal 6:1) just as Christ has been gracious with us. We are called to be good and kind to one another (Gal 6:9) just as Christ has shown kindness to us. As we begin this week of Thanksgiving, let us reflect on who we are in Christ. How does that impact how we act in our every day?