THURSDAY, AUGUST 8
“If anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself…let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Galatians 6:3,10 (ESV)
GROUPS HELP DEFEAT SELFISHNESS
A strong, young man at a construction site was bragging that he could outdo anyone there. He made a special case of making fun of one of the older workmen. After several minutes, the older worker had had enough. “Why don’t you put your money where your mouth is?” he said. “I’ll bet a week’s wages that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to that building that you won’t be able to wheel back.” “You’re on, old man,” the young worker replied. The old man reached out and grabbed the wheelbarrow by the handles. Then he turned to the young man and said, “All right. Get in.” (John Beukema)
This week we have been looking at the group dynamics of the church in Galatia and how dysfunctional and self centered they had become. The Apostle Paul has been encouraging the church to help other believers caught in sin. Now he reminds them to stay humble and remember just because they may not be the one caught in sin presently it could happen to any of us. We are deceiving ourselves when we think we have arrived spiritually.
It can be easy for us to categorize sins as big sins and little sins. In Matthew 5:21-30, Jesus teaches that we have all broken God’s law in deed, word or thought. He was emphasizing the fact that we all need God’s grace and mercy. And in Galatians 6, the Apostle Paul is emphasizing that we all need each other in our battle against sin.
The temptation to be selfish is a real temptation. Often if we don’t look out for ourselves it may seem no one else will. Small groups are a great way to fight that temptation. Growing in a small group helps remind us it’s not all about us. It also gives us an outlet to be there for somebody else when they are in need. Take some time today and dig deeper into Matthew 5:21-30. What does Jesus teach about the “big sins” versus the “little sins?”