Let Us Do Good

Posted by on May 6, 2007

First Baptist Church of Ranson, WV

May 6, 2007

Sunday Morning

“Let Us Do Good”

 

Scripture Text: Galatians 6:6-10

Introduction:

 

A.   As we begin to examine our Scripture text this morning, the first thing that sort of “jumps out” at us is what has come to be called “the law of the harvest.”

1. What is “the law of the harvest”?

2. It is the law that says “we reap what we sow.”

3. Notice again Vrs. 7, Paul said, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

4. (Illus.- If you have ever planted a garden, you know that if you want to reap potatoes, you have to sow potatoes. If you want to reap green beans, you have to sow green beans. If you want to reap corn, you have to sow corn. Why is this true? It’s true because of “the law of the harvest.” It’s true because you reap what you sow.)

5. The same thing is true in a spiritual sense.

6. If we sow to the flesh, because the flesh is corrupt, we will reap corruption in our lives.

7. However, if we sow to the Spirit, because the Spirit is good, we will reap good things in our lives.

8. This is the “spiritual law of the harvest,” which says that we reap what we sow in a spiritual sense.

 

B.   Actually, “the law of the harvest” says far more than “we reap what we sow.”

1. Not only does it say that “we reap what we sow,” but it also says that “we reap later than we sow.”

 

2. (Illus.- Some of you have already begun planting your gardens. Well, you know, as well as I do, that you can’t plant your potatoes this morning and expect to harvest them this afternoon. Seedtime and harvest don’t take place at the same time. The harvest comes long after the seeds are sown.)

3. The same thing is true in a spiritual sense.

4. The spiritual seed that we sow today, whether good or bad, may not bear fruit until many years later.

5. This is why young people, especially, need to be careful about what kind of seed they are sowing in their lives.

6. (Illus.- I’ve actually heard people justify the sinful acts of young people by saying, “They’re young. Let them sow their wild oats while they are young. They will grow up one day.”)

7. The problem with that is that even if they straighten up as adults, the wild oats they sow as young people will sprout and bear fruit later in their lives.

8. That’s “the law of the harvest.”

 

C.   Not only does “the law of the harvest” say that “we reap what we sow and later than we sow,” but it also says that “we reap more than we sow.”

1. (Illus.- For example, one little seed kernel of corn will produce a stalk that will bear at least two full juicy ears of corn.)

2. The same thing is true spiritually.

3. Do you remember what Jesus said in Luke 8:38, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over.”

 

D.   And so, as we begin to examine our Scripture text, this morning, the first thing that “jumps out” at us is “the law of the harvest.”

1. However, that’s not all that we see in this passage.

2. In addition to “the law of the harvest,” we also see at least three more important truths.

3. For example, we see…

I.       A Purpose To Fulfill.

 

A.   Notice again Vrs. 10 of our text, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

 

B.   What is this purpose to fulfill?

1. First of all, we are “do good.”

2. Paul said, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good.”

3. The psalmist wrote in Psa. 37:3, “Trust in the LORD, and do good;”

4. The writer of Hebrews put it like this, “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name….But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” (Heb. 13:15-16)

5. And then the apostle John put it like this in 3 John 11, “Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God:”

6. And so, our purpose to fulfill is to “do good.”

 

C.   But that’s not all that Paul said.

1. Not only did he say “…let us do good,” but he went on to say, “…unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

2. In other words, Paul said, “Be good to everyone, especially your brothers and sisters in Christ.”

3. Paul put it like this in Gal. 5:13, “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

4. And then, as we saw last week, Paul said in Gal. 6:2, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”

5. And so, not only are we to “do good,” but we are to “do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

D.   But someone says, “Wait a minute, pastor. I thought our primary purpose as believers was to serve the Lord, and now you are telling us that we should “do good unto all men!”

1. Let me ask you a question.

2. How do we serve the Lord?

3. You’re absolutely right when you say that our primary purpose as believers is to serve the Lord, but how do we do that?

4. I’ll tell you how!

5. We serve the Lord by serving our fellow man!

6. Do you remember what Jesus told His disciples in Mat. 25?

7. He said that one day “…the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory.” (Vrs. 31)

8. He went on to say when that when that day comes, He would reward them for…

-feeding him when he was hungry, and

-giving him water to drink when he was thirsty, and

-taking him in when he was a stranger, and

-clothing him when he was naked, and

-visiting him when he was sick,

-coming to him when he was in prison. (Vrs. 35-36)

9. He went on to say, “Then you will ask me, Lord, when did we do these things for you? When did we feed you, and give you water to drink, and take you in, and clothe you, and visit you, and come to you? When did we do these things for you?” (Vrs. 37-39)

10.   Do you remember the answer that Jesus said He would give them when that day comes?

11.   Mat. 25:40 says, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

12.   What is Jesus teaching us here?

13.   He’s simply teaching us that the way we serve Him is by serving one another.

E.   And so, in this passage, we see a purpose to fulfill.

 

F.    We also see…

 

II.      A Peril To Avoid.

 

A.   Notice again the first part of Vrs. 9 of our text, Paul said, “And let us not be weary in well doing:”

 

B.   What is this peril to avoid?

1. It is the peril of growing so weary (tired) in our Christian service that we actually call it quits.

2. I’ve seen this happen many times.

3. I’ve seen it happen to pastors.

4. I’ve seen it happen to missionaries.

5. I’ve seen it happen to Sunday school teachers.

6. I’ve seen it happen to youth and AWANA leaders.

7. I’ve seen it happen to choir members and nursery workers.

8. They just become so weary in their particular ministry that they say, “I’ve had enough,” and that’s it!

 

C.   Now this raises a question.

1. What causes a believer to become so weary in their Christian service that they would actually consider quitting? Several things can lead to this.

2. For example, some become weary because of a lack of time (time constraints).

3. Let’s face it, some ministries are very demanding on our time, and in our busy society today, time is an extremely precious commodity.

4. Others become weary because of a lack of appreciation.

5. While it shouldn’t be this way, it is easy to become discouraged in a ministry if no one seems to appreciate what you are doing.

6. Still others become weary because of a lack of cooperation.

7. Again, it shouldn’t be this way, but it is easy to become discouraged in a ministry if we are carrying the full load all by ourselves, and others are not willing to help.

8. And so, there are several things that can cause a believer to become so weary in their Christian service that they would actually consider quitting.

 

D.   However, we must not quit! (Amen?)

1. We should take to heart the admonition that Paul gave to the Corinthian believers in 1 Cor. 15:58, where he said, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.”

2. Let me share a little secret with you that has helped me time and time again.

3. The next time you get so weary in your Christian service that you are thinking about quitting, just remind yourself of the fact that Jesus didn’t quit.

4. Turn with me to Heb. 12:1-3, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,…Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God….For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

5. In other words, the next time you are tempted to quit on the Lord, just remind yourself of the fact that Jesus didn’t quit on you.

6. He endured the cross.

7. He endured the shame.

8. He endured the humiliation.

9. He endured the pain and agony.

10.   He endured it all for you, shouldn’t we do the same for Him?

E.   And so, in the passage we see a peril to avoid.

1. We see a purpose to fulfill.

2. We see a peril to avoid.

3. Finally, we see…

 

III.    A Prize To Win.

 

A.   Notice again the latter part of Vrs. 9 of our text, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

 

B.   What is this prize to win?

1. It is the reward that comes as a result of not quitting.

2. Some of these rewards come in this life. (Amen?)

3. (Illus.- The story is told of a man who took on the ministry of distributing gospel tracts on a street corner. For years he faithfully carried out this ministry. However, because he saw no one come to Christ as a result of this ministry, the time came when he quit [gave up]. Two years later this man happened by this same street corner and saw another person handing out tracts. He walked over to the stranger and struck up a conversation. What he found out was this. The stranger had been saved two years earlier after reading one of his tracts. The stranger said, “Many a time I’ve come back here to find the man who gave me that tract and to thank him, but he never came back. So I decided he must have died and gone to heaven. That’s why I have taken his place!”)

4. And so, some rewards come in this life.

 

C.   Most rewards, however, will come when we stand at the judgment seat of Christ.

1. I’m reminded of something that Paul said as he neared the end of his life.

2. It’s recorded in 2 Tim. 4:7-8.

3. Turn there with me, please.

 

4. Notice what he said in Vrs. 6-7, “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand….I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:”

5. When Paul said, “…I have finished my course,” what he meant was, “I didn’t quit. I didn’t faint. I stayed in the race until the race was over.”

6. And because he didn’t quit, notice what he was able to say in Vrs. 8, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

 

D.   There is a prize to win, however, if we are going to win that prize, we must avoid the peril of quitting (we must not quit).

Conclusion:

 

A.   What have we seen in this passage?

1. First of all, we saw a purpose to fulfill. (Paul said, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”)

2. Secondly, we saw a peril to avoid. (Paul said, “And let us not be weary in well doing.”)

3. Finally, we say a prize to win. (Paul said, “for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”)

 

B.   Are you fulfilling your purpose as a believer, or have you given in to the peril of quitting? If you have given in to the peril of quitting, how do you expect to ever win the prize?

 

C.   (Prayer & Invitation)