A Fourth implication of a new creation is to seize every Opportunity that Knocks.
Check out what Paul says in verses 9-10: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially those who are of the household of faith.”
Those who live by the Spirit and keep in step with the Spirit are constantly looking for ways to ‘do good’ with the specific opportunities God puts in their path. Much like “bearing one another’s burdens,” a new creation in Christ is free to do good to those around him/her. Instead of longing and hoping and waiting for others to ‘do good’ to them, they are – instead – consumed with ‘doing good to everyone, especially those who are of the household of faith.’
How do they do this? How do believers live this way without ‘growing weary’? One, simply because their joy and approval and needs are being met by God through their faith in Jesus alone for their Savior. Their Savior is Jesus – not attention from others or hoping someone else will meet their needs that only God can fulfill. But also, as the text says, they know they will reap a harvest of eternal life when life on earth is done. They wear themselves out doing good knowing that the harvest of their ‘goodness toward others’ will be experienced in the life to come. In short – a new creation doesn’t hope in the here and now. No. A new creation hopes in what Christ has done and in what Christ is going to do.
With family today? You will have TONS of opportunities to do good. Toward some who follow Jesus. And toward some who don’t.
Will you – right now – ask God to give you opportunities to do good today?
Will you – right now – ask the Lord to remind you of what you have in Him because of Jesus?
Will you – right now – reflect on the reality that you WILL reap a harvest of goodness for all eternity in the life to come?
Now – what’s keeping you from looking for opportunities to do good to all people, especially of the household of faith?