Galatians 6:2-5 (NLT)
“2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. 4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. 5 For we are each responsible for our own conduct.”
In these verses, the apostle Paul is contrasting a legalistic worldview with a spiritual worldview. In Jesus’ day, the Pharisees were known for operating in a legalistic fashion. This type of worldview demonstrates itself in the manner of pride, egocentrism, hypocrisy, and piousness. Paul clearly outlines a spiritual worldview by sharing each other’s burdens and being humble. This is quite a contrast from the lives of the Pharisees.
We should feel charged to care for our fellow brothers and sisters by showing the love of Christ just as He showed His complete love for us. This charge also includes serving one another. We must humble ourselves and live like Christ. Jesus was also criticized for healing and loving the unloveable, the dirty, the weak, the different, the abused, the tormented, the SINNER – YOU! Yet, we are called to live and walk like Jesus daily.
I implore you to live within your God-filled mission with meekness and humility. There is no room for competition and pride when serving the Lord. Proverbs 11:2-4, “2 Proud and boastful people will be shamed, but wisdom stays with those who are modest and humble.” When we live within God’s design for our own lives, we do not have any room for comparisons. Do you find yourself comparing yourself to others? Do you often tear down your brother or sister out of jealousy? Do you spread lies and gossip based from envy for your fellow brother or sister? We must all self-evaluate and ask for forgiveness. We are all working as members of one body – the body of Christ. I pray that we come together out of love and restore those brothers and sisters who are broken. Resist the enemy and flee from temptation. Gossip, jealousy, and envy are “easy” traps that create such division. My God is a restorer a deliverer and a healer. He has the power to restore you too!
Question: What must you place on God’s altar to live a life described in these verses?