Galatians 6:2-3 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.
John 16:8 “And when He comes, He will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.”
I was mowing the yard and I was thinking how things have changed over the years to make lawn mowing easier and easier. Let the livestock eat it, then the push sickle, then push behind, then self-propelled, to riders, then zero turns, and now robot mowers.
We are doing everything we can to take the work, and hardship out of it. We are trying to do the same thing to our Christian walk, trying to take the uncomfortable things and ease them or eliminate them all together. In many of our churches we are removing the uncomfortable and replacing it with the ease of complacency and status quo.
One of those things we are replacing is Burdens. Carrying a burden does not mean it is up to us to alleviate suffering. 2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. Carrying another’s burden does not mean to take away their pain. Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Carrying the burden simply means to hold them up and point them to Christ. This does not mean that you have to pull them up to your level every time, but maybe that means jumping in the ditch with them, right where they are at in that particular time or moment. Will you be a burden bearer? “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
What about praying for a burden? Have you ever heard of anyone praying for a burden to endure for someone else, I am not talking about carrying a burden with someone but for someone? When the Holy Spirit gives you a burden, He also gives you the responsibility to hold it and carry it along. You must listen closely to the voice of God and give attention to those peculiar feelings of compassion He gives you for certain individuals. Give special attention to those burdens that seem more urgent. And pray with a holy determination to see God’s answer in those situations. If you feel that you don’t have the strength in yourself to pray as God would want you to, add fasting to your prayers; also add solitude. Perhaps you need to pray all night long. Many times we have heard the stories of children and spouses talking about mom or dad or even grandma or grandpa praying all hours of the day or night for their children or anyone else the Spirit had laid upon their heart, praying with a burden.
Acts 26:18 – To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
The other thing that seems to be lost in the church today, is conviction. There are two types of conviction that the bible talks about: For the believer there is the resolute steadfastness of the truth. For the unbeliever there is the revealing of truth against sin in their life. John 16:8 And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; Sin v 9 The Holy Spirit revealing and exposing the sin, Righteousness v 10 Knowing that only Jesus is righteous, and we are not, Judgement v11 That judgement is coming, and they are left vulnerable to it.
2 Cor 7:9-10 yet I am glad now, not because you were hurt and made sorry, but because your sorrow led to repentance [and you turned back to God]; for you felt a grief such as God meant you to feel, so that you might not suffer loss in anything on our account. For [godly] sorrow that is in accord with the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation; but worldly sorrow [the hopeless sorrow of those who do not believe] produces death.
Are we willing to carry burdens and pray conviction? For churches to see real revival and revitalization in the congregation and community there must be burden and conviction. It is when we loss those aspects of church life that we begin to see churches plateauing and declining to a slow and painful death.
Pastor Rob Beckett Shepherdsville Nazarene Church Kentucky