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 to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:9-10
A few weeks ago, members of Uptown Church converged on the Newell’s home for a weeklong home makeover project and an opportunity to do good among the household of faith. Rob and Laura have been longtime members of Uptown and selflessly giving where they are able and faithfully attending everything from life groups to Sunday School to weekly worship.
As health issues and bills have stacked up it had become more difficult for Rob and Laura to keep up with regular maintenance on the home. So, we looked for practical ways to help them out. One afternoon, a handful of men met at their home to see what we as a church could do. As we began putting together a punch list of things that needed to be addressed, the list kept getting longer and the reality set in that we couldn’t do this alone.
The word was sent out that the Newells needed their church family and wow, did you respond. As the Newells left for a week in a hotel, over 50 people made up of life groups, interns, friends, neighbors and even strangers (that quickly became new friends) all chipped in to transform the downstairs. New paint, cleaning, laminate flooring, peeling wallpaper, drywall, wainscoting, curtains, tile bathroom, toilet, lighting, vents, fans, scraping, mudding, sanding… In an amazing display of “not growing weary of doing good”, folks worked late into the night to meet the deadline.
Watching the week unfold I kept coming back to this passage in chapter 6 of Galatians as Paul describes the practical application of the Fruit of the Spirit (Ch. 5). Paul says don’t grow weary, do good as you have the opportunity, especially to those among the household of faith. He is describing the Fruit of the Spirit on display among members of the church.
Uptown Church, I commend you on your good work. The Spirit is at work producing good fruit! Your love for Rob and Laura has been felt, there was laughter and joy while you worked together, it takes patience to do any kind of construction project like this (especially painting), What peace you brought the Rob and Laura’s home, what dedicated faithfulness to friends who needed you. If there is ever a time to get frustrated or angry, peeling wallpaper and linoleum off the walls and floor has got to be it. However, I saw gentleness and self-control, as you tediously worked to prepare the room for fresh paint and flooring, all in an effort to serve your friends.
Last night at life group, Laura, through tears, described her gratitude and thankfulness for her church family and how loved they feel. She said this is something they would never forget.
I encourage you as Paul said, do not grow weary of doing good and look for opportunities to serve those around you, especially those in the household of faith.
Author: Rev. Wes Andrews