Bear One Another’s Burdens

We find in Paul’s letter to the Galatians this verse: Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
(Gal. 6:2)  Have you ever thought about how well we who call ourselves Christians carry out this command? I mean, do we really bear one another’s burdens? People often ask me why Christians attend church so often. Most secular people just don’t see the need and certainly don’t think they have the time to “waste” sitting in a dull, boring church service Sunday after Sunday. After all, Sunday is the only day for some families to do activities together. At least that’s what they tell me. When I hear questions like that, it reminds me how little people understand the purpose of church. So I’d like to break it down for you, at least this is what I think….
Going to church is first and foremost for the purpose of glorifying and worshiping God. But going to church has many other side benefits as well, not the least of which is bearing one another’s burdens. Let me give you an example. In the past two weeks, two ladies in our church have had major surgeries which has laid them up for several days. Our  congregation jumped at the chance to bear their burdens by preparing and delivering meals to these homes, which by the way had several children in the household. These ladies could not cook but food was taken care of. And that’s just one example. When you are part of a church, you are actually part of a church family. And families take care of one another. Yes, we may not always like each other, and we may not always get along or agree on everything, but we’re still family. And Paul said we’re to bear one another’s burdens. We are to be there when someone is hurting. We are to provide support when someone is going through a difficult time. That’s what it means to bear one another’s burdens. But what about the other part of that verse?
 
It says, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Paul is saying that there is a connection between taking care of one another and actually fulfilling the commands of Christ! In John, Chapter 13, Jesus gives us the command to love one another. He said this is how people in the world will know that we are his disciples, if we love one another. The law of Christ is not a set of rules and regulations. The law of Christ is to love, and to love unconditionally. This is called “Agape” love, which is the love that can only come from God. When we are bearing one another’s burdens, we are showing the highest form of love. This is what Jesus did when he walked this earth and he has called us to do the same. So, do you know anyone who is carrying a burden today? What is one way that you could help bear that burden? Could you offer to clean their house, watch their kids, drive them somewhere, pick up groceries, prepare a meal, lend a helping hand with a chore, or just offer a listening ear so someone can unload their troubles. Whatever it might be, this is what we are called to do for one another. This is one of the reasons we go to church and belong to a faith family. Whose burden can you bear today?
 
Pastor Jim