Involvement with People

John Koedyker

READ : Galatians 6:1-18

Let us not become weary in doing good . . . let us do good to all people. (vv. 9-10 NIV)

In seminary, I had a friend who always said, “Ministry is involvement with people.” I have never forgotten his words, and throughout my ministry I have often followed his insight.

The last chapter of Galatians seems to say the same thing. For Paul, ministry is not about enforcing certain religious rules and regulations. It is showing that you care about people. If someone falls into sin, restore him. If someone has a problem, help her by sharing the burden. Be gentle and humble. Share what you have. In summary Paul says that we are to “do good to all people.” Doing good for Paul was not obeying Old Testament dietary regulations or being circumcised, but just helping people in the name of Christ.

An old farmer once prayed, “God bless me, my wife, my son, his wife, us four, no more. Amen.” That’s just not good enough for a Christian. We are to do good to all people. How does your life show an involvement with people? Why not start today by taking a real interest in those around you, beginning with your neighbors, your coworkers, or classmates?

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, give us the strength of your Holy Spirit so that we will not become weary in doing good. Amen.