Note: We will go back to the OT with the book of Ecclesiastes starting Wednesday!
Vs. 7, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” While most of us think of this verse referring to sin, and certainly this is applicable…the context of this passage is talking more about giving or sharing. When we choose to live by the Spirit with giving and sharing…we reap with blessings that give back to us. When we live by our selfish motives, we will reap things that will not last (money, material possesions, shallow friendships, etc.). Paul exhorted us to not worry about how others will view us, but to remember that find our “identity” is in our “new creation” (vs. 15). Our identity is not found in what Ethnic background we are, in what clique we hang out at in school, in what extra-curricular activities we do, in what school we attend, etc… Notice how Paul emphasized this point in mentioning how he is purposefully writing in LARGE letters (vs. 11).
Regarding application…Carrying Each Others Burdens. Vs. 2, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” By choosing to love & be selfless…we are using the freedom in Christ to the full. Jesus lived for others & we must do the same. We must bear each other burdens, but note that we are to also carry our own burdens (vs. 5) and not cause others to stumble or struggle because of us. Example of that would be complaining all the time because of a tough situation that has happened to you…and expecting others to selflessly help you because of your burden. We can’t help but see the enormous desire for Paul to see all Christians love, carry each others burden & do good to each other! It is a message that was important then as well as now. That’s why we do SAG (Student Accountability Groups), because we cannot live on our own…we need to support each other daily (Hebrews 3:13)!