Practical support for ministers
This week we discussed Galatians 6 verses 6-14.
We firstly looked at verse 6. In this context of caring for one another, Paul instructs those who are taught to support those who teach them. The meaning of support is to share in all good things.
We considered what Paul meant by sharing in all good things. We felt that the idea is focused on financial support, but was not limited to it. Those who feed and bless you spiritually should be supported by you financially and practically.
On looking at the following verses 7-8 we considered that the principle of 'whatever a man sows, that he will also reap' has application beyond giving and supporting teachers and ministers. It has a general application in life; what we get out is often what we put in. It is a reminder that there are good and bad consequences to our actions.
We are warned that we cannot deceive God. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. A farmer reaps the same as he has sown; if he plants wheat, wheat comes up. In the same way, if we sow to the flesh, the flesh will increase.
We discussed the need to persevere and not give up (v9-10). The harvest does not come immediately after we sow the seeds. We must learn to wait and be patient.
We were reminded we are part of the family of God and should do good to all. Earlier in Galatians Paul mentions there are issues with unity. Here he addresses these issues again.
In verse 11 Paul again is warning the Galatians against relying on the law (in the form of circumcision) rather than the Cross of Christ. He wrote this himself to stress how important it is.
Despite Paul's impressive Jewish pedigree, he is clear that he doesn't glory in anything but the Cross of Christ.