Many times in life we get caught up with life's troubles and tend to forget
to lend a helping hand to someone else in need. The enemy of hell tries
hard to get us to only think of ourselves and not be helping toward others
in need, but that is exactly the opposite of how God wishes for us to act.
Jesus said by loving and caring for others is the way all people will know
that we are His disciples. We are to love and be caring towards all who
are in need and in doing so, our inner light will shine and all will see
the love of God through our lives. (Luke 6:35-36) (Matthew 5:16)
If you are ever discouraged from helping other people because you think it
will interfere with your life, then I hope this message will change your
thinking and see that only in helping others will you gain the strength to
help yourself and carry the burden of your own life. (Galatians 6:2-10)
HOW TO CARRY YOUR BURDEN
A monarch of long ago had twin sons. There was some confusion about which
one was born first. As they grew to young manhood, the king sought a fair
way to designate one of them as crown prince. All who knew the young men
thought them equal in intelligence, wit, personal charm, health, and
physical strength. Being a keenly observant king, he thought he detected a
trait in one which was not shared by the other.
Calling them to his council chamber one day, he said, "My sons, the day
will come when one of you must succeed me as king. The burdens of
sovereignty are very heavy. To find out which of you is better able to
bear them cheerfully, I am sending you together to a far corner of the
kingdom. One of my advisors there will place equal burdens on your
shoulders. My crown will one day go to the one who first returns bearing
his burden like a king should."
In a spirit of friendly competition, the brothers set out together. Soon
they overtook an aged woman struggling under a burden that seemed far too
heavy for her frail body. One of the boys suggested that they stop to help
her. The other protested: "We have a burden of our own to worry about. Let
us be on our way."
The objector hurried on while the other stayed behind to give aid to the
aged woman. Along the road, from day to day, he found others who also
needed help. A blind man took him miles out of his way, and a lame man
slowed him to a cripple's walk.
Eventually he did reach his father's advisor, where he secured his own
burden and started home with it safely on his shoulders. When he arrived
at the palace, his brother met him at the gate, and greeted him with
dismay. He said, "I don't understand. I told our father the burden was too
heavy to carry. How were you able to do it?"
The future king replied thoughtfully, "I suppose when I helped others
carry their burdens, I found the strength to carry my own."
It is very easy for us to be selfish and only care about our own well-
being, but I believe it shows more character in a person that cares about
the wellness of others. The apostle John tells us to not only love in
word but also love in deed. He means for us to not only talk about helping
others, but do something that will help someone else who is not able to
help themselves in a particular situation. (1 John 3:16-19)
How can we carry one another's burdens? I believe by the simple act of
love and taking an interest in someone's life, a person can be encouraged
and feel a whole lot better about themselves and feel less burdened. Simple
things can be done that will not only enrich that person's life that you
are helping, but also bless you for being a blessing. (2 Corinthians 9:6-9)
The next time you are tempted to be selfish and not helping towards someone
else in need, I hope you will remember this message that shows that only in
helping others, will you gain the strength and ability to help yourself and
reach the finish line carrying the burden of your life that is otherwise
unbearable. (Luke 6:38) (Psalm 28:7-9) (Matthew 5:7-9)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 3:16-19 "By this we know love, because He laid down His life for
us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever
has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his
heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children,
let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this
we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him."
John 13:34-35 Jesus says, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love
one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this
all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
Galatians 6:2-4 "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of
Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing,
he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he
will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another."
Luke 6:37-38 Jesus says, "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn
not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken
together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same
measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."
All scriptures can be found in the New King James Version.
In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry