In Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia, he encouraged the brethren to bear one another’s burdens. He cautioned them to be humble and look after those who taught the word. “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). Paul was saying that if we sow to the flesh, then we will reap corruption, but if we sow to the spirit, then we will reap eternal life. Paul taught them not to become weary or tired, of doing good unto others. A due season is coming, when everyone will reap if they remain patient.
Paul placed special emphasis on doing good, especially to other believers. We are one in the body of Christ. If we are all one body, how can we abuse each other and think that this will be pleasing to God? We have to show respect for our ministers and those who shepherd the flock. Look after the widows, elderly, children and those who are vulnerable. For those of us in positions of authority in the market place, we have to use that authority for good. You cannot join in with others, to help to persecute other Christians.
We cannot compartmentalise our lives and only remember that we are Christians on a Sunday. Our lives are a reflection of Jesus Christ and when we commit our work to God, this is an act of worship. God is present in the marketplace and our light will testify, about the love of Jesus Christ in us. We cannot turn a blind eye to injustice and abuse, or participate in oppressive behaviour. God is not pleased with this type of behaviour and we have to remember, that no sin goes unpunished. Do not think that money, wealth or promotion gained through unjust means, will have lasting value.
We will all have to answer to God and give an account for how we used what he has entrusted to us. “For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them” Isaiah 61:8). We grieve the Holy Spirit, when we stifle our conscience and use our positions to treat people unfairly. We must not be so hard hearted and stiff necked, that we cannot heed the rebuke of the Holy Spirit. Do good no matter the circumstances. Do good, even when you think no one is watching. Do good, because God sees everything, both good and evil.