“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Gal. 6:10)
Three things here: opportunity, good deeds to the people of the world, good deeds to the people of the church. Opportunities abound everywhere and every day. The only way we can miss an opportunity is to ignore its existence because God has made multiple opportunities for all of us. If nothing else, Jesus said we would always have poor people who would need our good deeds. We know there are sick people all around us who can be visited. Orphans who need food and shelter and homeless people in most cities of the world. People all around us are hurting in mind and body and need our message of encouragement.
We can help the misfortunate of the world. This is especially true for Christians who live in first world countries like the USA. World hunger is more than a statistic, it is empty bellies and crying children. Disease, sickness and a lack of medicine and facilities are worldwide as well. We can send medical help if we can’t go. Brothers and sisters in the Lord also have problems in this life and need our assistance. We dare not turn our back on a brother or sister in need.
In short, this is not an annual event. This is not a one day of charity experience. Paul is reminding those of the body of Christ how we have been blessed and thus how we must (must!) share with those who have not.
Task for Today: Look for today’s opportunity. Help someone who is and who isn’t in the body of Christ. Feed, clothe, visit, help, encourage, lift up those who need the good deed. Do some good today. The opportunity is there, find it; that is your charge.