I don't know about you, but I love the final chapter of New Testament letters. They are like the "catch all" chapter. It's like the author gets to the end and the Holy Spirit decides to hit you with 10 random and very practical applications. Galatains 6 is no exception to this rule.
(Galatians 6:1-2) Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Question: How should Christ followers respond when another believer is off course spiritually?
Answer: Like family! Chances are very good that you will find yourself the needy recipient of such burden bearing and loving restoration at one time in your life.
(Galatians 6:6) Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.
This is Paul's way of saying, "Pay the preacher." As one of the preachers, I just want to say, "Thank you so much! I greatly appreciate your faithfulness to give to the ongoing minitry of our church. We are blesssed to be here and to be part of all that God is going through His people."
(Galatians 6:7-8) Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 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.
Max Lucado writes: Think for a moment of your heart as a greenhouse. Consider for a moment your thoughts as seed. Some thoughts become flowers. Others become weeds. Sow seeds of hope and enjoy optimism. Sow seeds of doubt and expect insecurity... The proof is everywhere you look. Ever wonder why some people have the Teflon capacity to resist negativism and remain patient, optimistic, and forgiving? Could it be that they have diligently sown seeds of goodness and are enjoying the harvest? Ever wonder why others have such a sour outlook? Such a gloomy attitude? You would, too, if your heart were a greenhouse of weeds and thorns.
(Galatians 6:14) But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Question: Why boast in the cross?
- Because the cross tells me the truth about the high price of sin.
- Because the cross displays the love of God and the justice of God.
- Because the cross is good news for bad people.
- Because the cross is all I need!
BOBBY PRUITT | Lead Pastor
Bobby was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. He is the youngest of 13 children and was the first believer in his family. He graduated from Columbia Bible College and served in churches in North & South Carolina before coming to Texas in 1994. Bobby and Amy have been married since November of 1990 and have 3 children (Riley, Beau, and Emma Grace).