“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6.2
Have you ever had one of those days where the world seems to be falling down on you? Or a day where you just don’t feel right? Let’s face it: we all have had those days. The problems of life just get to us. Feeling this way makes life a burden, like we have something on our chest and can’t get rid of it.
But then Jesus comes along, telling the Pharisees that all their mud pie and lawn chair laws are stupid. These laws don’t glorify God; they only give people more burdens to worry about. Jesus tells the people that they can have rest in Him and that His “yoke is easy, and his burden is light.”We’re not alone in feeling this way. In fact, many Jews during the time of Jesus felt exactly this way. Matthew 23:4 says, “They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders.” Matthew is referring to the Pharisees here. The Pharisees with all their “extra laws” were making it a burden for the people to live. Imagine being accused of sinning for picking up your lawn chair or making a mud pie on a Sunday morning. This is essentially what was happening to these burden-laden Jews.
As the Church, we are to continue Jesus’s burden-bearing mission with the power of his Spirit living inside us. If you see a fellow brother or sister struggling with a burden, bear it with them. Pray for them, talk with them, and walk alongside them. Jesus took the biggest burden of all, sin, but until He returns we are to bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.