With all the bad news that we are hearing and seeing throughout the world,
it is easy for the believer to get discouraged and question what life is
really about. It is in these difficult times that we are to remember God's
promises and immerse ourselves afresh in the scriptures of comfort and
strengthening. We've been forewarned through the timeless pages of the
Holy Bible that tribulation will come in the last days greater than has
been seen in all of history. It should be no surprise to the Christian
that we will suffer many hardships, but we are not to worry like the world
because our promise is an Eternal One. Remember the words of Jesus in
John 16:33, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have
peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have
overcome the world." Encourage yourself and have the Joy of the Lord in
your heart no matter what hardships may be coming your way. (2 Timothy 3:1-13)
I hope this message encourages you to be helpful when the opportunity
arises because the blessings are not only to the recipient, but to yourself
TO HAVE NO BURDEN TO CARRY
Sadhu Sundar Singh, a Hindu convert to Christianity, became a missionary to
his people in India. Late one afternoon Sadhu was traveling on foot through
the Himalayas with a Buddhist monk. It was bitterly cold and the wind felt
like sharp blades slicing into their skins. Night was fast approaching when
the monk warned Sadhu that they were in danger of freezing to death if they
did not reach the monastery before darkness fell.
Suddenly, on a narrow path above a steep precipice, they heard a cry for
help. At the foot of the cliff lay a man, fallen and badly hurt. The monk
looked at Sadhu and said, "Do not stop. God has brought this man to his
fate. He must work it out for himself. Let us hurry on before we, too, perish."
But Sadhu replied, "God has sent me here to help my brother. I cannot
The monk continued trudging off through the whirling snow, while the
missionary clambered down the steep embankment. The injured man's leg was
broken and he could not walk, so Sadhu made a sling of his blanket and tied
the man on his back. With great difficulty he climbed back up the cliff,
drenched by now in perspiration.
Doggedly, Sadhu made his way through the deepening snow and darkness. It
was all he could do to follow the path. But he persevered, though faint
with fatigue and overheated from exertion. Finally, he saw ahead the lights
of the monastery.
Then, for the first time, Sadhu stumbled and nearly fell. But not from
weakness. He had stumbled over an object lying in the snow-covered road.
Slowly he bent down on one knee and brushed the snow off the object. It
was the body of the monk, frozen to death.
Years later a disciple of Sadhu's asked him, "What is life's most difficult
Without hesitation Sadhu replied: "To have no burden to carry."
We should never look at being helpful as an inconvenience, but rather we
are to look at these opportunities as a gift of showing the love of God
that is in our hearts. The Bible declares in Galatians 6:2-4 "Bear ye one
another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think
himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let
every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself
alone, and not in another." (Matthew 5:14-16) (1 John 4:10-12)
I encourage you to do as the Bible says and bear one another's burdens
because the Lord is sure to return the blessings that we have bestowed upon
those what we've helped.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Galatians 6:7-10 "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man
soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of
the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the
Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for
in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore
opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of
the household of faith."
Luke 6:33-36 Jesus declares, "And if ye do good to them which do good to
you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend
to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also
lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do
good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great,
and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the
unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also
1 Thessalonians 5:14-18 "Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are
unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all
men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that
which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of
God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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Gods Work Ministry