Jesus said, “Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” Too many times we feel (or act like we feel) that we alone are responsible for bearing the burdens of the world. We need to care for the needy, seek the lost, comfort the downtrodden, and make peace among warring family members.
There’s indeed nothing wrong with doing those things, but it is not solely my lot to take on all these responsibilities. First, we have a church family to help. “Bear one another’s burdens,” said Paul, “and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” God has given us his church—his body—to support us when the floods rise and the darkness overwhelms. We can’t go it alone, and to attempt to do so deprives our brothers and sisters of an opportunity to be a blessing.
Second, as Jesus plainly said, he is the source of our power, strength, and
ability. He is the one who makes helping others even possible. Any fruit we
bear must be his doing, to his glory.
We must be ready tools in the hands of the Lord, to shape and build in our
communities as he sees fit. We must stand with one another as we face the
challenges of reaching the world for Christ. We must walk as a family, but
all success issues from the only One who was strong enough to bear the sin of
the world on his bleeding shoulders.
That’s something to think about.