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March 13, 2018, 10:21 AM

Why go it alone?

So I have a couch I need to move. It's just small enough I think I can get it by myself if I use every ounce of muscle and grit I have. I have two young men in my house who are now bigger than me. Although I might be able to budge it with all of my strength that would be stupid. Why would I try it alone when I could get help? I have to learn to work smarter not harder. 

We can see the lack of wisdom in moving a couch by ourselves when we have help available so why do we this with our lives. We try to go it alone, because we don't want to bother anyone. We don't want to appear weak. We don't want anyone to know our weaknesses. It's just not very smart. We have people willing to help us and share our load, but sometimes we are too stubborn to accept the help. 

Paul tells us in Galatians that this is a big part of being a part of a church. 

 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are somethingwhen they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions.      --Galatians 6:1-3

There are a few things to learn from this passage:

1. We are struggle. 

Paul makes it clear that we all struggle in Romans 3:23 when he says that ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We all have issues. None of us is above struggling or sinning...we all do it. So all are in the need of help. 

2. Our goal is restoration

When we reach out to someone or when someone reaches out to us the goal is restoration. We aren't trying to look better than someone, and we are not trying to appear better. It's about getting real with people and truly getting help. On one side we need to practice transparency and on the other side we need to practice compassion. 

3. We are to carry each other's burdens

Sometimes we just need someone to come alongside and help us carry our burdens. The idea that God does not put more on you than you can handle is simply not true. God does allow things that we can't handle alone...that's why we need other people. I believe God specifically puts things in our path that are too big for us to deal with. He wants us to see our need for Him and our need for other people. We both learn the need for others and the need to help people carry their burdens. 

4. We're not as strong as we think

When God told Joshua on three different occasions in Joshua 1 to be "strong and courageous" it was not about Joshua digging deep and finding something within his own soul. It was about finding strength and courage in the promises and strength of God. We will find out through trials that we are not as strong as we think...on our own. But there is much strength in numbers. There is much strength and much courage when we go arm in arm into battle with others. 

When you watch the story of the Lone Ranger he was not really the LONE Ranger was he? Even the supposed Lone Ranger had his trusty sidekick, Tonto. We are not meant to do this life alone. We are not meant to last solely on our own strength. We need other people. 

The church is flawed...there's no doubt. It's flawed because we are the church. But it's the best thing we have. On so many occasions I've had people tell me...I don't know what I'd do without the church. It's because we need people. We need people who are willing and ready to carry our burdens when we just can't do it alone. 

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