Galatians 6

Read Galatians 6.

What about when bad people get ahead? Or when the wrong side seems to be winning? Or when injustice keeps going unchecked? We all know the weight of these questions. We all know the desperation they can bring, even if the degree of our familiarity varies. There are times when it just doesn’t feel like everything is going to work out. Paul knew what this was like as well, writing to the Galatians:

[7] Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. [8] For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. [9] And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. [10] So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:7-10, ESV

Paul urges us to resist the temptation toward cynicism, a pull we feel often in our broken world. What good is it anyway? Does any of it even matter? Why should I even try? These are the questions that can echo in our hearts in dark times, but Paul urges us not to be deceived by our circumstances. Giving up and giving in to evil won’t make things better in the short term or the long term or the eternal. The problem is that keeping the faith and doing good won’t necessarily bring immediate improvement to our circumstances either. But in due season…there will be a harvest if we don’t give up. Cynicism says it’s all a waste of time. None of it matters. Why even try? But that’s a lie. Your life isn’t a waste of time. Your kind words, your acts of service, the good work you do in the world do matter. So, let’s resist the easy-to-believe lie that God isn’t concerned with the here and now, with what is just and what is right, and let’s not be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the world’s problems either. Instead, “as we have opportunity,” let us do good. Where will you have an opportunity to do good to someone today?

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