Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bear Each Other's Burdens

Team Chemistry: Part 5

It is no secret that life has many different ups and downs.  When we have some one we can turn to for help it makes life a whole lot easier.  King Solomon taught this truth when he wrote:
 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; NLT).
The presence and support of other people in our lives makes living a whole lot easier.  Unity is important because we need each other.  Life is too tough to go it alone.

That brings us to a third reason for unity: To Bear Each Other’s Burdens (1 Corinthians 12:24b-26)

Life is unpredictable and hard.  When the tornado hit Joplin, MO last year I was reminded of this reality.  The brotherhood of churches I am a part of, the Restoration Movement, has many organizations stationed in Joplin: Ozark Christian College, College Press Publishing, Good News Production, LATM, and CIY.   So it was no surprise to see on Facebook the week following a number of people I know who went to help with the clean up.  

This same type of compassion has been demonstrated over and over again.  A year after Katrina I read an opinion piece by an atheist in which he said that while everyone else pulled out, it were Christians who were still there helping to put the city back together.  Life is difficult, and if we don’t pull together then we will fall apart.  We need the help, the encouragement, and the support of other people to continue on and to experience the life God created us to live.
Jesus said, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:35).  We need to care about each other.  The world is full of hurt and lonely people, what good is the Church if we hurt them too?  We need to be different, that is what Jesus commanded.  It is through our united love, service, and outreach that marks us as different and reveals to the world that God has not abandoned them, but He still very much loves the world.

I believe that before we show a hurting and dying world compassion we have to be compassionate to one another.  Are we praying for each other? Are we helping one another when there is a need?  How are we encouraging each other?  If we are not compassionate here then how can we be compassionate out there? To make an impact on the world means to care for each other and to reach out to the hurting people we know.

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