|Ilagan Baptist Church|
Special Opportunity To Help Others
Text: Galatians 6:10 IBCWPM July 22, 2009
Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar
There are times when we really want to help others because they have great needs, but we cannot do anything about it because we lack the capability to do so. We realize that in many cases, money plays a great role in relieving the needy from their financial difficulties. On the other hand, just our mere presence and fellowship may give a lot of comfort in times of emotional problems. We could also extend our physical strength in easing the burden of working people especially when we see them incapable of doing their physically demanding job.
Certainly, there are many ways of helping others and sometimes, it really bothers our conscience when we lack opportunity to extend such help to them. The Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Philippians said, But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. Philippians 4:10 (KJV) The lack of opportunity is an understandable reason why many of us could not help others in a way we ought to.
Helping the needy is an excellent expression of our caring hearts. We count it a privilege to display Christ-like attitude toward the needy because we know that being of help gives glory to God. Galatians 6:10 says, As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (KJV) For such reason, Christians should not let their special opportunity slip away from their course of duty.
As we study about "special opportunity to help others"¯, Galatians Chapter 6:1-8, will surely pave our way to a better understanding on how we could help others not only in their physical and emotional needs, but above all, in their spiritual needs. It's a heart-breaking realization that most people today are more concern with their physical needs than their spiritual nourishment. They tend to invest more of their time, talent, money and strength for their earthly life, but neglect to invest good things for their spiritual life.
(I) Especially To The Household Of Faith
Galatians 6:10 Ephesians 2:19 I Timothy 3:15
I Perter 4:17
It is evident that no human being could exist in this world by himself and for himself. Every person needs others to survive and live normally according to the natural course of life which God has prepared for him. In short, we need help from others and above all, we need the help of God our Creator.
Asking help from above is wisdom and helping one another is a proper behaviour of mankind. Currently, we see nations helping poorer nations; white people helping coloured people, and vice versa; and even bad men helping wicked men. Realizing such truth, true Christians should not overlook their opportunity to help others especially to the household of faith. Believers are in the family of God and it is only proper for Christians to help one another for the sake of truth.
-To brethren who are victims of spiritual blunders
In Galatians 6:1, the Bible says, Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. (KJV) Apparently, wrong choices lead believers to a chaotic life and that spiritual blunders are consequences of not following the will of God. Believers who are ensnared by the deceitfulness of sin must be freed and restored. They really need helping hands to take them out from the devil-made cage.
· Spiritual believers must help them v1
A carnal Christian helping a fallen believer is surely unfitting and unbiblical. Spiritual Christians are the right people who could really help a victimized believer because they are guided by the Holy Ghost and are in authority to counsel backsliders. Their wisdom comes from God and their holy life vindicates their authority.
· They must be handled with spirit of meekness v1
Restoring a deviated brother is not an easy task. Spirit of meekness on the part of the restorer is a necessity. We must keep in mind that restorers are not only dealing with the victim but also with the devil. Meekness is a powerful medium in handling complicated matters, and without it, more problems will surely arise. Spirit of meekness comes from God and was well-exhibited by our Lord Jesus Christ. We surely need Christ-like dealing with other believers.
· They must be restored with precaution and prayers v1
Precautionary measures are needful in handling sin-related problems and prayers are extremely necessary in restoring a fallen brother. Satan is wiser than most people think and it is not strange for him to retaliate after the restoration of a fallen family member. The Bible warns us, "considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."¯
-To brethren who are heavy laden
Brethren with heavy load must be helped and not be neglected. Each one of us has a proportionate weight to carry and it may be a literal weight or a figurative one. Such burden could be bearable, but some of us need help because their loads are heavy and unbearable by one person.
· A way of fulfilling the law of Christ v2
In Galatians 6:2, it is written, Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (KJV) We count it a joy to fulfil what God wants us to do. A helping hand is a strong hand and having such kind of hand will lead us to do more God-glorifying works. Be always willing and available to extend help and the Lord will bless the works of your hands.
-To pride-stricken believers vs3-5
In Galatians 6:3-5, Paul said, 3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For every man shall bear his own burden. (KJV) We surely know that pride goes before destruction and comparing one another is not wise. Lifting up ourselves not only leads us to sin, but also hinders us to be a help to others. We must bear in mind that a believer with a servantā€™s heart will help a lot of people in time of crisis. We must help one another to stay humble and considerate to others.
-To those who are labouring in the word v6
In Galatians 6:6, the Bible says, Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. (KJV) Extending help to preachers and teachers of the Word is an act of appreciation triggered by love. Sharing what we have to the servants of God is well-pleasing to God and such gracious act will not be forgotten by God. Even the Lord in His earthly ministry was supported by believers whose hearts were touched by God.
In Luke 8:1-3, it is written, 1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, 2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, 3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance. (KJV) What a faithful and appreciative group of believers who shared their substance to the ministry of the Lord. No doubt, they were well-loved by the Lord.
In I Tim. 5:17-18, it is written, 17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. 18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. (KJV)
· Be careful in sowing things v7
The Bible reminds us of the principle of sowing and reaping in Galatians 6:7, Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (KJV) This passage warns us of the tragic result of deception. We must be careful of the kind of seed we sow and it is a wise step to ask counsel from God before we sow anything. Be reminded that many people are being deceived unaware and being led to spiritual shipwreck because of indifferent attitude toward the Word of God. Truly, God is not mocked.
· Christians must invest in spiritual things and not in fleshly things v8
Paul said in Galatians 6:8, For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (KJV) May this passage speak to us in a special way. Sowing to our flesh is a sign spiritual ignorance, but sowing to the Spirit will lead us to a blessed life.
Beyond doubt, we are living in this world for just a fraction of eternity and our lives will soon come to pass. What we have sown today will be reaped in due time. It may be good or it may be bad for us and for others. It may please the Lord or may trigger His wrath. Sowing what is right will give us rejoicing during the coming harvest time. We must then consider the Word of Truth and apply it by taking the opportunity to help our fellow believers, and truly, God will be glorified.
Kindness starts in the heart and ends up with an extended hand. In Galatians 6:9, it says, And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (KJV) May this inspiring passage from the Bible be exhibited through our lives as we do what is right and pleasing before our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Applying such truth will give us strength and wisdom in helping other members of the household of faith and in reaching out lost souls with the Gospel of Christ.
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