Do things for the good of all, even if you don’t speak French

Do things for the good of all, even if you don’t speak French

“So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, 
and especially for those of the family of faith.” – Galatians 6:10

This is a hard passage for a lot of Christians. Usually we like to read passages like this a bit selfishly: let’s work for our own good, and for the good of other Christians, people who believe like me. And while this verse does call us to make an extra effort for those of the family of faith, it starts with, “Let us work for the good of all”.

Even if Paul had stopped here, with “the good of all,” it would still be easy to argue that Paul was only talking about working for the good of all Christians. But because he has that extra little bit about the “family of faith,” we realize that in fact, “all” means “ALL”.

All includes the stranger and the foreigner. All includes people our own age and of other diverse ages. All includes LGBTQ+ people. All includes the people we don’t like or don’t agree with. All, especially in this verse, really does mean ALL.

The reason it gets hard is because we want to believe that it’s okay to be nasty towards the people we don’t like. We want to know that it is okay to pray against those evil people on the other side of the aisle from us. But it’s not. Whenever the opportunity presents itself we are to work for the good of all, the good of EVERYONE.

We all know people we don’t particularly like, people we would rather not spend time with or even breathe the same air as. But this idea of working for the good of all is one we must reclaim, one we must not lose.

In Romans 12, Paul asks us to live at peace with all (so long as it is up to us). And in Galatians, he tells us to work for the good of all. I think these are both complimentary ideas that, when combined, will bring us nearer to the kingdom of God.

Take some time this week and think about the people you avoid, the people you don’t like. Think about the strangers you meet or the immigrant family down the block. Once you have identified them, begin to pray about ways in which you can work for their good. And once you have identified ways to work for their good, go do it!

Living for peace, working for the good,

Pastor Mike

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