Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Vs.2)
“Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain’s response to God was a denial of his responsibility for the welfare of his brother. We all admit that the world is becoming more selfish as days go by. Many think it is safer to take care of their own business instead of getting into troubles by becoming involved in “brother keeper business”.
However the Word of God always reminds us about our responsibility for each other. In Ezekiel 33 we see that God appointed the prophet as the watchman for the people of Israel to protect them from sinful ways. The text for our meditation today also reminds us our Christian responsibility to become burden-bearers for others. In Galatians 5 Paul talked about the freedom in Christ from the law. The freedom which we received in Christ is not a freedom to walk in our own ways, but to yield to the Spirit of God, bearing the fruit of the Spirit. In other words, the liberty in Christ is not to be independent of others but to be interdependent, giving us opportunity to grow together in Christ.
While the nature of flesh is a self-conceited way of provoking one another and envying one another (Gal.5:26), a spiritual person (who walks in Spirit) has the responsibility to restore a person who is overtaken by trespasses. (Vs.1). The Greek word for “restore” means to mend what has been broken to its original stage. We could achieve this only with gentleness (fruit of the spirit) and by having the compassionate mind of Christ. This is a call to bear one another’s burdens, fulfilling the law of Christ to love our neighbor as ourselves. (Gal.5:14). Along with the responsibility, Paul warns us to be on guard not to fall into any temptation while trying to restore fellow brethren.
Paul also talks about a self deception of a false spiritual superiority attitude which is common among the believers (Vs.3). This obviously is a hindrance to fulfill our responsibility to support each other. To avoid ending up in that dangerous situation we have to scrutinize our works (Vs.4) instead of comparing ourselves with others, for we are to bear our own load. In other words, be known that we all are accountable to God for what we do.
To accept Christ is to accept the responsibilities that come along with that privilege. Are we willing to take it seriously and admit that “I am the keeper of my brother?” In a world where there is no room for others, let our hearts be open to accommodate others fulfilling the royal law of Christ.
Prayer: Father, thank You for Your love and grace for us. Please enable us to bear each other’s burden through the power of Your Spirit.
Thought of the day: “There is a vast difference between putting your nose in other people’s business and putting your heart in other people’s problems.” – Author Unknown
Abey Cherian, St.Thomas MTC, NY