Summary: "Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2). What does this look like in our daily lives as Christians? We are all called to help people in need!
FRIENDSHIP 102 – HELPING PEOPLE IN NEED:
By Pastor Chris Jordan
“Jesus said, "’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ’You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40).
All of life is based on relationships, and if we don’t know how to have right relationships with one another, we are going to miss out on the abundant life that God has planned for us. If someone was to ask you what the Bible is all about, it’s really simple to answer that question: Love God and love people. It’s all about love, and being in loving relationships. Here is our main Scripture for tonight:
“Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody. Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.” (Galatians 6:2-4, NLT).
In the New King James version of the Bible, it translates the first part of that Scripture as, “Bear one another’s burdens.” I like that translation because it has a visual picture to it: You see someone who has a big heavy burden on their back, and they’re struggling and trying to go through life, and you come along, put your shoulder alongside theirs, and instead of them trying to carry their burden themselves, it’s the two of you together. But the New Living Translation puts it in simple language we can understand: Share each other’s troubles and problems. Now, that’s an easy sentence to read, but it’s harder to put into practice. God doesn’t want us to be hearers of the Word, but doers of the Word. The hard part is to put this into practice and share each other’s troubles and problems. When we do this, Paul writes, we obey the law of Christ. Did you know that Jesus has a law? Yes, it’s called the law of Christ – to share each other’s troubles and problems. If we’re not doing this, we’re a law breaker! But some people would argue and say, “Oh, but I’ve got all my own troubles and problems! Life is so hard! I can’t help any body else, I just gotta take care of me, myself and I!”
Paul makes a bold statement here when he says, “If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody.” Do you know why we don’t want to help other people? Because we think we’re too important. Again, it’s the spirit of the Pharisee: “I’m here to keep all of God’s commandments, and keep myself unspotted from the world. I’ll walk in holiness and purity. Just stay away from me, because you’re all unholy. And don’t get too close, because I don’t want you to pollute me.” Jesus didn’t have that attitude. He went down in the gutter where the worst of the worst sinners were, and helped them. That’s what God wants us to do. “Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well.” There’s a satisfaction that comes from helping others.