We all have burdens to bear. One has struggles on the job. Others have problems at home. You might have trouble with the bank; finances! There are those who have relationship problems with 25 help each otherthose who should be closest to us. Some are struggling with habitual sin that is sucking the joy out of their lives. Some have such abusive memories, either of having given or received it, that they can’t sleep well at night. We are not saved by doing good deeds, yet will all be rewarded for them one day in the Kingdom. So Paul exhorts his readers in Galatians 6:2 to “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” I continually argue that the law of Christ is the law of love. Our love is to be expressed to others by good deeds. We all need each other. Chuck Colson said that Christians are not lone rangers. Hugel said “behind every saint stand another saint.” John of the Cross said, “The virtuous soul that is alone and without a master is like a lone burning coal; it will grow colder rather than hotter.” George Swinnock says, “Satan watches for those vessels that sail without convoy.” Charles Wesley put it in a poem when he wrote:

Help us to help each other, Lord,
Each other’s cross to bear,
Let each his friendly aid afford,
And feel his brother’s care.

I’ve been one who has often thought that people are where they are because of their own bad choices. Therefore, I’m not obligated to help them who don’t know how to help themselves at all. It allows me to think a little better of myself and a little less of others. That’s what Paul addresses in Galatians 6:3-4. He writes, “For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” My Dad used to say, “Don’t kid yourself.” Then he’d add a profound truth. It usually had to do with the sowing and reaping which I would often ignore as a kid. Paul says that to us all to remind us that we all have our own problems and we all need each other in a variety of ways. I’m no better than anyone else! Neither are you!

We love to compare ourselves with others in order to make ourselves look and feel good. In Galatians 6:4, Paul exhorts us to “But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.” Craig Larsen compares Christians to light bulbs. He writes, “One shines with fifty watts of holiness, another has only twenty-five watts. Maybe the most stellar Christians are two hundred watts. But these comparisons become trite in the presence of the sun. In the face of God, our different levels of piety are puny and meaningless. It makes no sense to compare ourselves with one another, because we are all much more alike than we are different.” What he means is that we’re all sinners! We all have problems, we all need each other!