Somebody on a Bible forum needed ideas for a five-minute talk to college students. I remembered our Portuguese teacher in the US making us memorize Galatians 6:7-10, thinking it important for our teaching in Brazil (and it is), so I went there and, starting with verse 6, came up with five points, college-student style.
First, the text:
6 One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Now, the points:
1. Invest your money where it counts (6).
2. You may can fool parents or authorities, but not God (7a).
3. Learn the meaning of “inexorable.” As in what God’s sow-and-reap law is (7).
4. Bide your time: payoff comes later (8-9).
5. Time now to sow: open your eyes to the opportunities now to do good (10).