BURDENS TO BE SHED (Gal. 6:3-4)
Last week we looked at our burdens that we need to share in with others. The emphasis was on interrelatedness and interdependence.
However, there are some burdens, which are a hindrance to our Christian life and we require to shed them. For example:
1. THE BURDENS OF WORRY: Ps. 55:22 “Cast your burden upon the Lord; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved”.
2. THE BURDENS OF NEEDS: Phil. 4:6: “Be anxious for nothing. But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God”.
3. THE BURDENS OF SIN: Heb. 12:1: “… let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin, which so easily entangles us …”. Such burdens entangle us. They stop us from moving ahead. So we need to shed them and turn around to God and His Word.
The Galatians passage (6:3-4), is in fact, talking about the need of proper self-understanding, self-appreciation and self-affirmation.
‘Self-denial’ is at the heart of the gospel. But it’s not devaluation or self-depreciation.
In the same sense ‘true humility’ is to be the core of Christian lifestyle. But it’s not to be a groveling doormat stance. Humility is not a weakness but it stems from the strength of a person’s character.
May the Lord help and empower us by His Holy Spirit to shed whatever burdens that we need to, so as to run with endurance, the race that is set before us!