This scripture passage looks at how to handle dealing with people who have fallen due to circumstances or sinful choices. Paul also gives a warning along with the instruction to help others. We must keep watch over ourselves to be sure that we don’t fall into temptation in the process. We are to remember that we’re nothing without Christ, and when we step into help, we are to let Christ shine through us.
In Pastor Jamie Rasmussen’s sermon, he takes us through the passage with words of encouragement as well as words of warning. Here are our notes from Sunday’s sermon at Scottsdale Bible Church:
The main point Jamie leads with is:
We bear other’s burdens by keeping three things in mind:
Pastor Jamie gave us 3 points on HOW to help someone in need.
The best way to get a hurting person to open up is to simply ask. Questions like, “How are you….really?” “Where are you at today?” “What can I do to help?”
Pastor Jamie ends the sermon with a video (click here to watch). It’s a perfect example of what it looks like to care for others. It also shows how doing so not only effects their life, but it effects your own as well.
He also goes through the difference between burden and load. Within this passage, we’re told to help others with their burden, but to carry our own load. It sounds like a contradiction, but it’s not. In the original text, the word used for burden shows an off balance weight. This is too heavy to carry. The word used for load refers to a proper burden. It’s not too heavy for one person to handle.
We will all go through times when we are spiritually strong. These are the times we are to reach out to others and help however we can. We will also go through times when we are weak. Circumstances happen that are beyond our control. Temptations come our way that we fail to resist. We are only human.
One of the takeaways I got from this sermon isn’t just in the importance of helping others. It’s what was unsaid, but is the natural flipside of this sermon. Any of us can find ourselves on the weak end of the equation. When we are, we NEED to reach out to others. In our culture, we tend to pretend that everything’s just fine even when it isn’t. ESPECIALLY when it isn’t! If we find ourselves with a burden too heavy to bear alone, we need to reach out. Or at the very least, we need to be receptive when someone offers help.