“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6.10
How many times a day do you have the opportunity to “do good unto all men … ”? We probably have more opportunities than we realize or take the time to notice. In the preceding verses Paul has been encouraging the Galatian believers to help “restore” a brother in Christ who has fallen (v.1), and to “bear one another’s burdens … ”, (v.2). Then he says that we should not be “deceived” for God will not be mocked (v.7), and in vs. 9 we read: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
And then we come to v. 10: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men … ” What would our day look like if we set out to find an opportunity to “do good unto all men … ”? The instruction is to do good unto ALL men – that includes those who are NOT part of the family of God. Maybe they are looking for someone to show them a little grace, a little mercy, a little kindness or goodness. How else will they see Christ in us, “the hope of glory … ”? (Colossians 1.27)
And then, with this final statement he drives home his central theme for this chapter: “especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” You all know how kids are in a family. They can fight and scratch each other with the best of them. But you let some outsider come along and attack one of your siblings, they better watch because the entire family is coming after them.
If the church is a family,(and it is), then we ought to be looking out for each other. We should be looking for ways to minister to those “who are of the household of faith.” After all, they ARE family. Just my thoughts …