Most of us who call Jesus our Lord and Savior would quickly agree that part of what we “do” as Christians is bearing one another’s burdens.
[“One another”… Does anyone, besides church people, even talk like that anymore?]
So out of loyalty, obedience, appreciation, love or any other motivation, sometimes we do the right thing and walk alongside a friend. And then for the next part of a journey, we help them carry their heavy load.
But Luke 5, so quickly after the holiday passage we often read at Christmas, hit me today.
The friends who brought their friend to Christ did not bear his BURDEN… They bore HIM.
He needed Jesus desperately. But there was no way he’d make it on his own. So they picked him up and made a way for him to reach the Healer.
We have brothers and sisters in the faith who may need us to help them carry some weight for a time. That is an awesome responsibility, to live life together.
But how many friends have we walked by who need us to fully carry them for a time, to do the pushing for them to get an introduction to Jesus? Who won’t be saved or healed unless we pick up their mat AND THEM and use some ingenuity to break through the roof? Who won’t make it through the day without you there to help carry them? Is it your co-worker, your spouse, your child? Your friend, your boss?
How do you need to not just bear with, but bear the full weight for another today?