Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Galatians 6:2-5. Burdens

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry his own load.

Whose burdens should you carry then? Your own or everybody else's?

In fulfilling the Law of Christ we should not be spongers nor lacking in generosity. We must also be willing to accept help when it is needed.

The Christian life is not a race against other people. The Olympic athelete will often tell you that he has beaten his 'personal best'. And that is how it should be. Not many of us will compete with Hussain Bolt; we don't have his build, his long levers, his muscles. But most of us can do better than we did last week.

The average is the average. The average IQ is 100. Those with higher IQs should help those with lower, but not by putting them down or embarrassing them. Those who are securely employed should help those who are unemployed. It doesn't need government to get involved; this should come from acts of individual generosity. There will come a time when we will not be able to carry our own burdens; even the cleverest and strongest among us. Perhaps our eyesight will fail or we will have a stroke, or our strength will fail us. We should not be too proud to accept the help we need.

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