Tuesday, September 13, 2011

the load bearer

Galatians 6:2-5
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.  But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.  For each will have to bear his own load.

We are commanded to help others in the passage. When people have “excessive difficulty,” it’s our job to assist in any way we can.

This passage also is saying we are not to take responsibility for other people’s “day to day” issues.  It’s not our job to “fix” those things for them.  We are to be concerned with our own burdens so as not to neglect ourselves.  We can’t even compare our burdens to that of another {whether better or worse}.  The Lord is teaching us all different lessons = the burdens are specific to each lesson and if we are constantly involving ourselves with every one else's burdens, we stop/hinder them {and ourselves} from learning the God-given lesson.

This is not to say we should never help anyone.  We should!  We are commanded, remember??  It's just to help you realize that God doesn't expect you to be everyone's hero and act like a know-it-all {that's what the verse is saying here, folks}.  Because sometimes, it's OK to take care of {and focus} on your own self...and that, my friends, is something God does expect.

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