ODJ: Generous Consideration

May 7, 2018 

READ: Galatians 6:1-10 

Therefore, whenever we have opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith (v.10).

During a radio DJ training session, we considered the struggle to balance between hosting a great show and connecting what we say, during a relatively short time, with the work of the other DJs throughout the day. Yet it’s vitally important.

To illustrate this point, our trainer told the story of a builder working on a home addition. “Nobody thinks about the person coming after them,” the builder complained. The plumber did what was expected of him, but didn’t prepare for the electrician, who never considered the carpenter, who didn’t think of the window installer. The job took longer and was more frustrating because of a lack of consideration.

As disciples of Jesus, we can and should be aware of others and the difference we can make in their lives. As the apostle Paul urged, “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). And should a brother or sister in Christ be caught in sin, we can seek God’s help to gently restore—carefully testing our true intentions, lest we ourselves are tempted (vv.1-5).

All of our lives should be directed to serve God and others, not our own selfish desires (v.8). It’s not always easy, but serving with others in God’s Kingdom is more than worth it. As Paul concludes, “Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up” (v.9).

It’s good to focus on our own journey of faith as we “work out [our] own salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12 kjv). We should, however, also be aware of those who are journeying with us and support and encourage them in their service for Christ “whenever we have the opportunity” (Galatians 6:10).

—Ruth O’Reilly-Smith

365-day plan: Esther 6:1–7:10

Read 1 John 3:16-18 and reflect on our calling to love like Jesus. 
Who in your church or among the believers you know could benefit from you investing in their lives? How can you be a blessing in your local church community?