Galatians Part 5: Living To Make A Difference
- Chapter 1: The two gospels (grace and works).
- Chapter 2: We will swing between them until we die to self.
- Chapter 3: Paul re-explains the Gospel (Abraham’s promise).
- Chapter 4: God wanted a Father-Son relationship with us.
- Chapter 5: God father’s us by the leadings of His Spirit.
- Chapter 6: We are to use our lives to make a difference.
Galatians 6:1, 2, 9-10 (NIV) Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently . . . . Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ . . . . Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Live to make this world better and brighter. Now that you are free, go help someone else get free too.
Serving God is not about what we do, it’s about how we love. As you have been loved, love others!
2 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV) We will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you.
1. Identify my sphere of influence.
Acts 17:26 (NIV) From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.
2. Meet them in their place of need.
What are the needs of your family? What’s the needs of your friends? Of your city?
Galatians 6:2 (NLT) Share each other’s burdens . . . .
Matthew 25:34-40 (NIV) “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’”
3. Point them to Jesus and His church.
People have burden’s and we want to connect them with the one who can remove those burden’s from their life.
Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
God’s Kingdom doesn’t grow by what we do, it grows by how we love. We love others as we have been loved.
THE PARADOX OF FREEDOM
Galatians 6:8-9 (NIV) The one who sows to please his sinful nature [self], from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit [God], from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
- You can be free, live for self, and still not enjoy life.
- You can be free, live for God, and experience His joy.