ODJ: Always on Duty
September 27, 2017
READ: Galatians 6:1-10
Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith (v.10).
Julie Stroyne, a trauma nurse, had just got married and immediately after the reception was walking with her wedding party through the nearby town. Suddenly she spotted an unconscious woman on a bench. Still in her wedding dress, Stroyne kicked off her shoes and jumped into action in an effort to save the woman’s life. It didn’t matter that she was celebrating her wedding. As a nurse, she was ready to serve.
The apostle Paul says that all believers in Jesus should be ready as well. He wanted those who have received salvation to know that “whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith” (Galatians 6:10).
Yes, we have a special responsibility to other believers (v.2). Doing good to those who are in the family of God demonstrates His faithfulness to His people. Like a loving home, family members’ needs are to be met first—followed by friends and neighbours.
Members of the Galatian church who Paul wrote to didn’t receive help from local civic leaders. The only source of aid for struggling believers was the generosity of other believers. So as the individual Galatian believers had opportunity to do good, they were to do so to everyone. Paul reminded them that no matter the disruptive circumstances, the constant inconveniences or changing locations, they were always on duty, and shouldn’t “give up” helping others (v.9).
Like medical professionals, followers of Jesus are always on duty. Therefore, the time for doing good is anytime. God is always orchestrating fresh opportunities for us to assist those who are in need. May the Holy Spirit open our eyes so we can see where and to whom He wants us to do good today.
365-day-plan: Matthew 27:57-66
Read John 9:4. Why is it important for us to take every opportunity to do good to others?
What opportunities has God given you to do good in the last week? What does it mean for you to be ready to serve others for Jesus’ sake?