“Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.” – Galatians 6:2-3.
At some point, all of us struggle under the weight of a difficult situation. It might be a sin we cannot overcome, a trial that just doesn’t let up, or a need that remains unmet. Fortunately, we don’t have to struggle through it alone because we have the support of fellow believers who are willing to share our burdens. The reality is that we need each other.
There is an example of bearing others’ burdens in the Book of Acts. Christians of the early church pooled their resources to help meet the material and financial needs of believers who were in poverty: “All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. There were no needy people among them because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need” (Acts 4:32-35). Paul also displays this concern for others’ welfare in his various letters to growing churches. He knew it was his responsibility and privilege to strengthen them even though he was repeatedly undergoing his own hardships and afflictions.
The moment you become a Christian, many wonderful and amazing things occur. You are united forever with Christ, you are declared righteous before God, you are placed into God’s family as an adopted child, and God begins a work in you of setting you apart from sin to Himself. What about your relation to other Christians though? Do you need them? Do they need you? Christians and Christian families need each other to grow in their Christian faith. “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27). If it is just Jesus and you, you will never grow into the person God wants you to be. Christians and Christian families need each other to grow in their Christian faith
Christians need the support of other believers if they are to grow in their faith. Recipients of the letter to the Hebrews were encouraged to “…think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works…”’ (Hebrews 10.24-25).
Nobody is a whole team. Each one is a player. But take away one player and the game is forfeited. We need each other. You need someone and someone needs you. Isolated islands, we’re not.
None of us is whole, independent, and self-sufficient. We need each other.
- What does it mean to you to carry each other’s burdens?
- Why is it important to view other Christians as a family?