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Carry The Load

Daniel Tan

Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

We are told to carry each other's burdens that we might fulfill the law of Christ. Simple enough of a command. Rather than go into details about what ‘burdens’ can mean, I think today is a good reminder that in our life as Christians, it is less about ‘me’ and more about ‘we’. Christianity isn't a solo flight nor is it just an us-and-God situation. Christianity works because there is a relationship. Between us and the Trinity, and between us and others.

Because of our relationship with the Trinity, we are therefore called to love others. We can't love others if there are no others to love; therefore Christianity relies upon community. Don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise. You can't be a Christian without a community because there are too many things that require you to engage with a community.

At the same time, the verse also reveals two things: Firstly, that we are to carry the burdens of others when they need help. We are not to overburden ourselves of course, as Paul alludes to in the verse before, but we are supposed to help shoulder the burden when others seem unable to do so or just in general.

Secondly, our burdens are to be carried by others around us. Some of us might face the situation where we ‘don't want to burden others with our issues’. You know what? Too bad. According to the law of Christ, we are supposed to burden each other with our issues. That's the whole point. Christ even says that we need to cast our burdens onto him. Stop hoarding your burdens because all that is going to do is crush you under the accumulated weight. Unless you want to stop being a Christian, let others bear some of the load so you can also bear the load for others in turn.

Let's remember today that Christianity is not a one-to-one kind of relationship. It's a one-to-many kind of relationship. Let's make sure we live that way.

Daniel Tan

Daniel is currently and forevermore will be a student and a learner, trying to delve into the deep conundrums of life and seeing where the path leads. He enjoys linking different things in life back to God through strange and seemingly random connections.

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