Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load. (Galatians 6:1-5)
The More Steps I Take
Moving is never an exciting experience and this is especially true when you have to do a lot of moving boxes and things from one place to another. With the exception of someone doing all the work for you, it can be an exhausting work. Friends are great to give a helping hand with the majority of the move but there are still so many little things that must be done. In a recent move, a trailer full of stuff sat in the garage awaiting a miracle to cause it to disappear. A good friend, Lindsay Clark and his wife stopped by to see how the madness was going. As we looked at the trailer full of boxes he commented, “Let me help you because the more steps I take the less you will have to take.” Burden bearing. That is what I thought of and what a beautiful way to describe how we can help one another.
There are many brethren who have helped and will help in the move and Lindsay’s words of encouragement sum up what Paul was exhorting the brethren in Galatia to do with one another. All of us face challenges and difficulties in life and often we need a little burden bearing to take a load off. Sometimes it becomes a burden of spiritual warfare where a brother or sister is overtaken in the temptation of sin. We need to step in and walk with them to lessen their journey. The more steps we take with them the fewer they will have to walk. We have concern for one another because of our love for one another. Bearing the burdens of one another is helping with the loads of life. It is telling our brother, “Let me walk with you so that you will have less affliction and troubles.” We need each other. Fulfilling the law of Christ is walking with one another.
Jesus came to earth to walk a path we did not have to walk and because of His life, we can walk easier. He left it all that we could have it all. Jesus gave His life to give us life. He took a step so that we could walk with Him. Our spirit should be the spirit of Christ where we help one another bear their burdens. It is clear we will bear our own load but let our load reflect the care for others to share in their burdens. A word fitly spoken can make a difference in someone’s life. Doing a kind deed to help a needy brother or sister will show the love of God. Checking on the home bound will let them know we are concerned for them. Walking a few steps for others will lessen the steps they have to take. Burden bearing. As we bear our own burdens, ask the Lord to give opportunity to share the load of someone else.
God hath ordered it that we may learn to bear one another’s burden; for no one is without fault, no one but hath a burden; no one is sufficient for himself. (Thomas A Kempis, Imitation of Christ, 1441)