Dave Wedekind, Disaster Relief Co-Director, MWBC
"Carry one another's burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2 (CSB)
No matter who we are in this life, there is one thing we all possess - burdens. A burden is something that is carried, a load, and this load can be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. A burden can also be a responsibility one carries or something worrisome one must bear. Our personal burdens may be small or they may weigh heavily on us.
Paul encourages Christians to be burden carriers. I believe he means we are to climb next to or into the yoke of the burden another believer is struggling to carry. By this action we will help another ease his burdens.
How can we do this? First, we need to be aware of the other person and the burden he is trying to carry. Second, we need to ask if we can come alongside him. Third, we need to climb into his yoke and help carry his burden.
Jesus gave us His advice for what we can do with these burdens: "Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:29-30)
PRAYER: Lord, help us to see fellow believers as You see them. Lord Jesus, open our eyes to the needs and burdens other believers are trying to carry. Then, help us to be willing to come along and take up the yoke that is trying to destroy them. Father, give us a willing spirit to carry the burden for as long as is needed so we can lighten the load. Father we truly want to "fulfill the law of Christ" which is to "Love your neighbor as yourself."