READ: Galatians 6:1-10 (esp. v9-10)
- Life in the Kingdom describes this section pretty well. Paul speaks to confrontation, encouragement, generosity, consequences/repercussions, perseverance, and doing good. In the final two verses he strikes a chord with our Enough series and our Rethinking Christmas emphasis. There are times when it feels fruitless to just keep giving and giving. It seems no matter how hard we try we never seem to get the problems solved.
- But we don’t give up; we can’t. So long as fellow human beings are at risk, we have to keep seeking solutions and providing as much aid as possible. While children are hungry, we have to provide food…even if we are never able to solve the absentee/passive parent issue. So, we won’t “grow tired in doing good.” We’ll reach deep to support Teen Reach, Young Life and Washington School.
- But what about our internal offering. We are also seeking to raise funds for our own kids to go to Embark (elementary), Emerge (jr. hi.) and Element (sr. hi.). Paul even addresses that. He says we do good, “especially to the household of faith.” Even while we help others, we must also be prepared to make sure no Madison Park student is restricted by finances from going to an experience we provide. We will feed others…and we’ll care for our own.
- How do you respond to the idea of giving to those outside the walls of Madison Park?
- How do you feel about giving to those who are part of the church already?
- How can we balance those two and still not lose heart in the process?
PRAY: Pray that those who are in need will find the relief they need. Ask God to help us grow in the grace of giving and to learn to give wisely. Pray that Enough accomplishes its goals.