Bible Ballistics: BBs #450 Bearing It Or Baring It???
Scripture calls us to “bear” one another’s burdens—and while we all often feel that we have enough to bear on our own, as followers of Jesus we are to help carry the burdens of others. But we are to “bear” not “bare”!!!
Bear: to hold up; support….
Bare: without covering or clothing; naked; nude….
Sometimes we confuse these two ideas, so my focus for today is to examine the crazy world we live in and the sad state of affairs on much of social media—where many people feel compelled to “bare” it all, focusing on themselves rather than being concerned for the welfare and needs of others. Rather than “bearing” the burdens of others, many seem to be inclined to slam them all over social media, often without bothering to know the facts of any given situation.
if a man be overtaken in a fault,
ye which are spiritual,
restore such an one
in the spirit of meekness;
lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another’s burdens,
and so fulfil the law of Christ.
3 For if a man think himself to be something,
when he is nothing,
he deceiveth himself.
4 But let every man prove his own work,
and then shall he have rejoicing
in himself alone,
and not in another.
5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
6 Let him that is taught
in the word
communicate unto him
in all good things.
7 Be not deceived;
God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap.” Galatians 6:1-7
This last verse of our passage is where I would like us to begin—but with a twist. This verse that we have heard so often is clear and plain—we can’t fool God, and what we “sow”, we will also “reap”!!! This agricultural example that Paul uses hits pretty close to home, as I’m married to a farmer—and if we plant wheat seed, we will reap wheat (with the right temperatures, sunshine and rain); and in life whatever we plant will produce a harvest. So the question is, “What are we sowing?” Are you ready to reap the same?
Will we follow this call to uncommon decency to others—uncommon in the sense that the supernatural “… love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost..” when we are saved by Jesus? Or do we sometimes fall to the common indecency that is displayed all around us, particularly on social media in unkindness and mean-spirited spite and vitriolic fury!
Paul seems to present an oxy-moron in this passage when he calls us to bear “one another’s burdens” by way of compassion and truth; while at the same time, calling each one to bear “his own burden”! Well, it is and it isn’t; we are to carry our own load (which is always measured by God, see 1 Cor. 10:13) with courage and faith, without whining, but to know that as believers and followers of Jesus, we can share the load with one another! What a glorious privilege and blessing we have in Jesus.
My challenge for us today is that we will exhibit the compassionate character and actions that Paul calls us to in this letter to the Galatian believers, we are to be:
Reconcilers of those who have stumbled—
Humble in our ministry, considering our own weakness-
Bearing each other’s burdens (as Christ does for us)—
Wise and discerning about our own human frailty—
Living a life that reveals that Christ Jesus dwells in us—
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12-1-2
Sharing with those in need—
Sharing and caring for those who minister to us—
Ever conscious that GOD sees and knows our hearts– and our deeds & we will reap accordingly!
So, my friends, may we go forth today bearing “one another’s burdens” and not falling to the low and baser nature of this world, and “baring” naked souls of corruption to a lost and dying world who needs Jesus not more hate. May we ask God to search our hearts and reveal what’s really there, so that we can walk with Him in “spirit and in truth”? Remember, ‘saying so, doesn’t make it so’!!!
“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” Revelation 3:17 (Read verses 14-22)
Amen and Amen!