Monday, November 28, 2011


Burden bearing partnerships!

Verse for Today: Monday, November 28, 2011

Galatians 6:2 – Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

We have a Lord who bears our burdens on a daily basis. We have the freedom and privilege to cast our burdens and cares on Him. He has invited us to go to Him with our burdens and place them at His feet. He takes our burdens away from us and gives us rest. This truth is also applied in our situations practically when the Lord urges His other children to come to us to shares our burdens. The Lord equips them with His Spirit to bear our burdens. This is one of the primary purposes in having fellow believers around us. They have the same love of God that we have in our hearts as we all receive it from the Lord. This is the love which doesn’t demand any thing in return. It is self-sacrificing love which is ready to spend time, resources and efforts for our comfort and encouragement during the rough patches of life. God sends His children who come to see us in our worst as well as in our best. Apostle Paul had such visiting brethren while he was in the prison. Nehemiah had a few fellow laborers who shared his burdens in the ministry of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Moses had the association of Joshua while he bore the burden of taking the people of Israel across the desert to Canaan. Barnabas was a great burden bearer for Paul and the believers of Antioch. It is through these burden bearers that the Lord reaches out and touches us when we have burdens that we cannot carry all alone. When burdens and sorrows are shared, they are halved. We are commanded to share burdens with others and carry the burdens of other brethren and thus serve each other. But sadly there are some who would not open up their burdens with their fellow brethren, but try to absorb it all in their minds which eventually permeate into their bodies and make them sick. Let us learn to cast our burdens on the Lord, share our burdens with other children of God and carry others’ burdens. Thus we will lighten their loads as well as ours.

Dear reader, are you a burden bearer or burden sharer today? Are you open to others when they want to share their burdens with you? Do you feel free to share your burdens with those who are intimate with you? It is possible to find such prayer partners with whom we can share our burdens and pray together. Moses, Nehemiah, Paul and others could not have progressed in their ministries had it not been for their associates who shared their burdens. Burden bearing demands openness on our part and setting apart time to make ourselves available to others who have burdens. Our Lord Jesus was available to the people who carried burdens and He invited them to go to Him with all their burdens and toils. Whoever went to Him found that He was the all-sufficient burden bearer. He took their burdens away and made them free. So dear reader, no matter what your burdens are today, you have the freedom and privilege to go to the Lord to present your problems in His presence and pray for a release. The Lord will fill your heart with His peace as He takes your burdens away. He will also do what is necessary for you to get a release. Perhaps today you are burdened about your health conditions, job situation, relationships, finances, lack of result in your ministry, family situation, children’s future, church dynamics, friendlessness, a difficult boss and the like. No matter what your burdens are and how heavy they are, the Lord will carry it for you. He will lighten your shoulders and comfort you with words of encouragement from His Word. He will also prepare some other believers to come to you so that you can share your burdens with them and pray. He will lighten your load and strengthen your heart. He will help you to find peace in the wake of heavy burdens because your Savior is right there with you to carry your burdens as your willing and able partner.

Hebrews 4:16 – Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Thought for Today

The Lord bears our burdens and sometimes prepares a raven or a widow also to bear our burdens.

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