There is a three-fold blessing that comes in the bearing of another’s burden. First and foremost the load of another is lightened when you bear his or her burden. Second and equally important is that in the moment you get a sense of what Christ Jesus is doing for you and them in each and every moment. And third, oftentimes you find yourself, despite the bearing of burdens not your own, to be filled with the joy of the Lord.
Not only is the bearing of another’s burden a three-fold blessing, it is also a bi-directional blessing … meaning that both the one bearing another’s burden and the one whose burden is being lightened are both being blessed by God in that same moment.
Bearing another’s burdens defined …
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV)
IN the yoke of Jesus, we find rest for our souls from our heavy laden burdens. The yoke of Jesus is easy and His burden is light. As always, Jesus leads the way He call us to follow.
Suddenly these words spoken of the scribes and Pharisees prove to be so much more powerful and insightful …
They (the scribes and the Pharisees) tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. Matthew 23:4 (ESV)
Jesus came to provide rest for the heavy laden … the scribes and Pharisees were intent on making the burdens of the heavy laden even heavier … no wonder Jesus was so at odds with them … ‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!’
Alas, but I digress from the purpose of this post …
Note what Paul wrote in his letter to the Galatians:
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 (ESV)
To paraphrase … Bear one another’s burdens: just as I bear your burdens, you also are to bear one another’s burdens.
Oh wait a minute … Jesus already said something very similar:
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. John 13:34 (ESV)
And quite frankly, you just can’t share verse 34 without sharing verse 35:
By this ALL people will know that you are MY disciples, if you have love for one another.
Yesterday my wife, my grandson and I were blessed by a two hour visit from a precious family that has been carrying our burden through family prayer and yesterday chose to carry it by coming and cutting our yard, visiting with us, encouraging us and lifting us up in prayer.
My beloved brother Ben, his wife Becky and their three children: Lauren, Daniel and Jake are the inspiration today for my morning Bible study and for this blog post. Thank you my friends!
Thank you Lord for showing Your love through the love of Your disciples!