The world brings increasingly rapid change. With the means of communication that we have today at our disposal, we know about and often adopt changes in a matter of days or even hours. And not all the changes are good. Often, they aren’t thought through, as we follow the wave of the latest fashion.

In days of old, as well, rapid and negative changes took place.

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are following a different gospel.
Galatians 1:6 NET

Peter discovered how one can change quickly, one moment walking on the water, only to soon be sinking in the storm; or, declaring loyalty to Jesus, only to deny him by swearing a few hours later.

People who yesterday were faithful to the gospel of Christ today are following another teaching. God knows their motives, but there is no doubt that they have changed and that quickly, to follow the newest wave of popularity.

Paul sought to call people back to the gospel. Let us do the same, in order that, by some means, we may save some. For such changes, rapid or slow, are never good.

Combine harvestSomebody 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: Continue reading