Galatians 6:4-7

In Galatians 6:4-7 Paul challenges the Galatian believers to test their work. Instead of deceiving ourselves, we must take a careful and a sober examination of our works before God. If we don’t, and if we carry on under our self-deception, then we may think our works are approved before God, when really they aren’t. “But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.” When our works are approved before God, we can rejoice in our walk with Jesus. It won’t be dependent on what others think about us or what we do, our joy will come from the Lord!

The Bible speaks of a day when our works will be examined before the Lord. This is the judgment seat of Christ. We are all going to stand before Him and give account. The first question will be ‘what did you do with Jesus’ which will determine whether or not we are allowed entry into heaven. But the second is what Paul is referring to here which is ‘what did you do with all that I entrusted to you’. “For each will have to bear his own load.” How we live determines the answer to that second question which will define what our time in heaven will be like – the rewards we will receive and the place we will have. We each alone will stand before God and give account.

Paul goes on to remind the church that they need to support those who teach them. This refers to more than just financial support, although that is definitely part of it. “Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.” Stott explains “The right relationship between teacher and taught, or minister and congregation, is one of koinonia, ‘fellowship’ or ‘partnership’. So Paul writes: ‘Let him who is taught the word share (koinoneito) all good things with him who teaches.’ ” We are to provide for the needs of those who teach us – it isn’t payment but rather sharing of what God had blessed us with.

Paul reminds them of the principle of sowing and reaping. Their giving isn’t throwing money away but rather it is like planting seeds which determines what the harvest will be. “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” Luther warned “Be careful, you scoffers. God may postpone His punishment for a time, but He will find you out in time, and punish you for despising His servants. You cannot laugh at God.” Paul’s point is that they should share because it is good for the one who is taught and shares, and the principle of reaping and sowing demonstrates this. It is important that we sow if we want to reap!

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