Well, it’s here! The final part of our Galatian Bible Study series. In this week’s blog post, we will be discussing what it means to bear and share the burdens of a Christian Life. Throughout the Gospels, the Book of Acts and Paul’s Letters; we as Christians are constantly reminded that as Christians, our walk with God is never going to be easy and that we will face burdens in our lives.
In Psalms 55:22, the author reminds us as Christians today that we are to cast our burdens on the Lord because He sustains us.
Psalms 55:22 (NKJV)
“22. Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
What I liked about this verse is that it really should be a reminder to us as Christians today that we can always cast down on burdens at the Cross of Jesus Christ. I feel that this can be hard for us as Christians because we may feel that God doesn’t deserve to hear our burdens and grievances but you may be wrong; God wants us to come to Him and tell Him what is on our mind. He is our Father but He can also be our Comforter.
Charles Spurgeon said, “When God places a burden upon you, He places His arms underneath you.”
This is true throughout the Bible and this is the theme of Galatians 6. We see in verse 1 that Paul is speaking to the Galatians saying, “1. 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.”
What I found fascinating about this verse is that in my opinion, Paul is referencing back to Galatians 5:16-17; 24-25 about how as Christians, we are to walk in the direction of the Holy Spirit and how we are in a constant battle between the flesh and the Spirit.
Also, in my opinion, I feel that Paul is saying that those believers who aren’t currently overtaken by the desires of their flesh should be gentle with those who are currently fighting against the desires of their flesh; unless they to fall into the temptation of pride for a fallen believer.
“As Christians, we should never allow our own pride to get in the way of encouraging and building each other up in Christ. We are called to bear and share the burdens of our walk with Christ, NOT tear each other down.“
This actually leads me to verse 2 which says, “2. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Now, you may be asking yourself: What is the Law of Christ? Well, it could be referring to Jesus’s speech to the Pharisees about “Loving your neighbor as yourself” (see Matthew 22:39)
This actually leads me to a poem that I read by T.R. Noble of Inside Cup called, “Midweek Inspiration | Let Burdens Roll (Christ’s Blood)” and in the blog post, she said one statement that I feel we all as Christians have to remember when we have these burdens in our lives.
In the blog post, T.R. Noble said:
“As the blood of Christ spills
cleansing our darkness to white.
Let the weight of burdens
Lord, Jesus Christ,
as we think of You right now.
Let the weight of the burdens
Charles Spurgeon also said, “To pray is to cast off your burdens, it is to tear away your rags, it is to shake off your diseases, it is to be filled with spiritual vigor, it is to reach the highest point of Christian health.”
What I like about this part of the poem is that it really describes how because of the blood of Christ; He has cleansed us from our sins and thus the weight of our burdens can be put on the Cross.
Verse 3 is actually a very interesting verse because it says, “3. For if anyone thinks of himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives him.” In the verse, Paul is basically saying that anyone who concludes that he is something special, through shortsighted self-comparison with those who seem to have fallen, truly deceives himself.
In my opinion, Paul is reminding the people of Galatia and even us, to not be boastful or prideful in their own merits because it would be shortsighted. Paul could also be telling the Galatians and us modern-day Christians to humble ourselves and not become boastful.
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This leads me to a very interesting devotional by Lizzy Milani of Pocket Fuel entitled, “Carry Each Other’s Burdens – The Receive Series – Part 3”. In the devotional, Lizzy said, “Are you guilty of saying, ‘No thanks, I’ve got this” a million times?… Here’s the thing: helping each other is how this whole thing works.”
What I like about this quote by Lizzy is that as human beings, we all have said the same thing. Some of the quotes that I liked in Lizzy’s devotional are some that I feel we all as Christians can remember when we have to begin carrying each other’s burdens.
- “God designed us, and everything, to exist by working together.”
- “Not one thing on this created earth can exist in isolation.”
- “Community and togetherness foster life and progress. And helping each other out, both giving and receiving it, is how it’s done.”
- “… allow others to share your burden. Let them creatively restore you.”
- “If you think you are too good (or too bad) to be helped, you are “badly deceived.”
Lizzy Milani said, “If you think you are too good (or too bad) to be helped, you are “badly deceived.”
In the Book of Romans, Paul once again speaks on this topic in Romans 15:1 which says, “1. We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”
Once again, in my opinion, Paul is reiterating that, as Christians, we ought to build each other up by helping our fellow Christians to identify the burdens (weaknesses) in their own lives but to also not become prideful and boastful in the process.
In verses 4 and 5, we see Paul once again plead with the people of Galatia saying, “4. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5. For each one shall bear his own load.” (see 1 Cor 11:28-30; Luke 18:11)
In these two verses, I feel that Paul is speaking to not only the Galatians but to us Christians today as well about how we are to examine ourselves and not others because it’s to remind us as Christians if we are becoming more like Christ or more like the world.
“At the end of our lives, we all will be held responsible for the deeds that we either did or didn’t do in our lives.”
The burdens that we face in this life aren’t going to be easy, but Jesus says that we are to take up our cross daily and to follow Him as He said in Luke 9:23. Luke 9:23 says, “23. Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
What I like about this verse is that as Christians, we are called to take up our cross; which in my opinion, means that we are to take up our burdens daily; even if it’s difficult. Later, in verses 7-8; Paul is speaking to the Galatians about how God is not easily mocked and thus whatever a person sows; he shall also reap.
In my opinion, Paul is saying to us as Christians today that if we choose to sow into our flesh and the desires of the world; we will only reap corruption and eventually destruction from the wrath of God.
“As sons and daughters of God; we should be sowing into the Spirit of the Lord (by walking in the Spirit) and from walking in the Spirit; we will reap eternal life with God.”
Here’s a question that I feel we as Christians today should ask ourselves as we continue our relationship with the Lord:
“As Christians and thus are called to be like Christ;
Are we choosing to sow into our flesh and thus destruction?
Or, Are we choosing to walk in the Spirit and receive eternal life at the end of our lives?”
This is tested by the people of Galatia in verse 9 where Paul says, “9. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
In my opinion. Paul was referring back to Galatians 5:1; where Paul is encouraging the Galatians and us as Christians today to stand fast in our freedom in Christ and NOT to lose the heart or the zeal for Christ.
In my opinion, as Christians, we shouldn’t become so arrogant because we have a relationship with the Lord that we neglect to do good to ALL; especially those who are new to living for Christ.
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Throughout verses 10-11, Paul is appealing to the Galatians that through the various letters he’s written that because we call ourselves Christians, we ought to do good to ALL people.
Later, we see in verses 12 and 13 that Paul is trying to warn the Galatians and even Christians today of those who would try to use Christianity for their own desires; like in the Galatians case, keeping the need for circumcision for salvation.
In verse 13 specifically, in my opinion, Paul is explaining to the Galatians that there are false teachers who teach a distorted version of Jesus Christ and His message that aren’t even keeping to the Law of Moses themselves, yet they want the Galatians to practice circumcision in order to boast that Christianity is no different than Judaism.
As Christians, today, aren’t we facing a similar scenario?
“In Christianity today, Are we being mindful of the false teachings about Jesus Christ and His message, His salvation for us, His death and resurrection that is being taught to others?”
In verse 15, Paul reiterates Galatians 5:6; which talks about how through Jesus Christ, we are new creations. But Paul takes it further in my opinion by stating that those who live according to the example of Christ and the new creation are in stark contrast to those only desiring to make a good impression through keeping the law.
In my opinion, though, bearing and sharing the burdens of a Christians life is what makes the “Body” of Christ so close-knit. We are to edify and continually encourage one another to live for Christ and to always have a zeal for the Lord.
As Christians, we do have to be mindful that we don’t become prideful like the Pharisees who believed that they were better than everyone else.
So, What does bearing and sharing the burdens of a Christians life mean to you?
How does sharing the burdens of your walk with Christ help you grow spiritually?
Does bearing the burdens of this Christian walk strengthen your zeal for Christ?
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