We Harvest What We Plant
1Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.
Helping someone back on the right path is to restore them. In the New Testament Greek "re-store" was Katartizo and it meant to mend fish nets. But in reference to people it means to develop and perfect their human character. So we as believers have a responsibility to help develop and build those that are coming to Christ and those in Christ. We are not to fall nor let others fall into temptation. We need to always be helping one another.
2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.
This means helping each other. Helping in times or sickness, or sorrow or financial stress. It means to pray for people and find ways to help them meet their needs.
3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important
The statement above is a reality check and it speaks for itself. Basically, don't be self centered, look around, you aren't such a big deal that you can't help someone in need.
4. Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. 5 For we are each responsible for our own conduct.
In other words, do what you do and do it well. You will be satisfied and no one else is responsible for what you have done. This is true both good and bad.
6 Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them. 7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
It is our spiritual duty to help provide financial and material support for this we receive ministry and instruction. (1Co 9:14, 1Ti 5:18) Those who are worthy of our support are pastors, workers, teachers, evangelists and missionaries. When you are given the opportunity to sow, you will also be given the opportunity to reap. If you claim to be born again or part of the family of God but show the fruit of ungodliness, you are fooling yourselves. Don't allow yourself to be deceived.
Paul’s Final Advice
11 Notice what large letters I use as I write these closing words in my own handwriting 12 Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised want to look good to others. They don’t want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save. 13 And even those who advocate circumcision don’t keep the whole law themselves. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast about it and claim you as their disciples. 14 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.
The cross is a popular symbol but most people are not truly ready to identify with the suffering or sacrifice that the cross represents. Christ died a horrible death and basically set a dividing line between true Christians and the rest of the world. We are set apart from a world that is offended and opposed to God and his purpose and his standard of truth.
15 It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.
What truly matters now is what you have become. You are a new creation because of Jesus Christ and his death. This needs to be shared with others at all costs.
16 May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God. 17 From now on, don’t let anyone trouble me with these things. For I bear on my body the scars that show I belong to Jesus. 18 Dear brothers and sisters, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
All of God's people are now under the new covenant. This is true of both the Jew and the Gentile. All people who are in faith in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ are also crucified to this world and have become new, part of the true Israel of God.