In Galatians 6:10, the Apostle Paul writes, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” It would be easy to take this scripture and apply it to many personal and non-personal situations. And also, to use it in certain supporting roles such as, “The Good Samaritan” principle and in obedience to “Love your neighbor as thyself,” would be very prosperous for the Kingdom.
Being a man who can truly say that I have need of nothing (for God has supplied my every need), I still choose to apply it (Galatians 6:10, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”) to my life just as it is applied in the context in which it is given. For I know by experience that, “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7c).
And being found in need of nothing myself, I am blessed with the ability to give (sow) freely, not sparingly, and with a willing heart. I understand more now that as God (the Creator, Owner, and Sustainer of all things) is the source of my ability, the only thing that will keep me from using this ability is an unheeded opportunity.
As you read and meditate on the Sixth Chapter of Galatians, notice that ability is not limited to physical, tangible things, or to us doing the act. But through prayer, our ability will be placed in motion to meet the need presented in the opportunity, whether it be through us or through others or by the Spirit of God in the inner man.
Friends, I must make sure that I mention the vast difference between ability and response-ability. Our ability is a gift of God. Our response-ability is our gift put into action.
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:” (James 1:22-23)
We must not only have faith, but works also.
“What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? (15) If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, (16) And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? (17) Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. (18) Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. (19) Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (20) But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2:14-20)
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