January 18, 2021

Jan 18, 2021    Mark Anderson
This weekend the Helmar Food Pantry had its annual kumla dinner fundraiser. Like other events held in the past year, Covid caused many changes to this year’s dinner. Instead of being able to socialize in the family life center with our friends and families, this year it was take out only. The amount of people who volunteer to help at this event has always impressed me. There were people needed for a variety of tasks like peeling potatoes, cooking, serving the food, cleaning up, and even directing traffic in the parking lot. Many people are required to make the event a success, and Helmar always seems to have people willing to volunteer their time and efforts for church events.

One aspect Paul taught the Galatians is that believers need to be generous and do good. “Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” Galatians 6:6-8. Paul tells us that we need to share in good things with those who have taught us our faith. That can mean helping when help is needed, giving our resources to the church or others in need, or perhaps most importantly teaching others about Jesus. Paul tells us that if we sow to the Spirit, we will reap everlasting life! “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:9-10. Sometimes while doing good we do grow weary. We can become tired, we can think our work is not appreciated, or we can even wonder if our work matters. Paul teaches us that we will reap the everlasting life if we do not lose heart. Therefore, we should do good to all, but especially to fellow believers. By being generous and doing good works, we can lead other to Jesus and help them reap everlasting life!