Whether we are saved or lost, we will all carry burdens at some point in our lives; but we do not have to bear them alone. Galatians 6 shows us what to do with our burdens.
First, this passage addresses the burdens we willingly take up.
“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:1-2).
As believers, we are called to take up the burdens of another brother or sister who is hurting—to restore those who have backslidden. We must remember that a broken person doesn’t need a lecture; he doesn’t need to be ignored or reported, shot down, or cast away. Instead, he needs to be brought back to fellowship with God.
Adrian Rogers says, “The church is the only army in the world that shoots its wounded.”
A backslidden Christian is like a broken place in our net of believers. He needs us to approach him gently, humbly, and sympathetically. He has broken fellowship with God and is weighed down by a guilty conscience, the enemy, and the threat of public shame. To fulfill the law of Christ, we must love our brother back to fellowship with God and mend the broken place in the net.
There are also burdens we must faithfully endure.
“But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load” (Galatians 6:4-5).
We are not called to lives of ease, but to lives of discipline. God lays burdens upon us and expects us to bear them ourselves. It is our own responsibility to repent and be saved.
Finally, there are burdens we wisely lay down.
Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you…”
Our loving Father urges us to bring our broken hearts to His throne; how beautiful that our burdens can be used to bring us to our Master’s feet.
Apply it to your life
If you are a believer, you are called to lift another’s burdens and bring backslidden brothers and sisters back to Jesus. Realize your own burden of responsibility to know God and to share Him with others. Cast your heartaches upon Jesus, for He cares for you.
There are three kinds of burden. There are the burdens that we willingly take up when we bear one another’s burdens, there are the burdens that we faithfully stay under when it says every man must bear his own burden. There’s certain responsibilities that are ours, that nobody nobody can do for us. But then listen precious friends, There’s one more bird and that’s the burden that we gladly lay down. Adrian Rogers was a motivator, an encourager and a leader of the faith who presented a clear invitation to follow jesus at every opportunity. He was also passionate about presenting scriptural application to everyday life circumstances. And you’ll see that in this series of messages that were calling, how to weather the storms of life, have your bible ready and join us for this study from God’s word. Before we begin, remember you can follow along with pastor Rogers outline notes, transcript and other resources related to today’s message all at L WF dot org. Now let’s join Adrian Rogers Be finding Galatians. Chapter six I’ve been praying about the message for this morning and God laid on my heart to speak about burdens and what to do with burdens. Everybody has burdens sooner or later. And I’ve learned in my ministry that on almost every row, if not every row in the auditorium. In every section of every row, there’s somebody there with a burden. Well, it almost starts the day we’re born we’re born crying and then the doctor gives us a whack and from there on, it just goes on and on and on, we have burdens, we have problems. But I want to tell you today, what to do with your bird? If you don’t have burdens? Really? The problem is you’re probably not thinking person. The bible says man that is born of woman is full of trouble as the sparks that fly upward. But thank God, we don’t have to bear our burdens alone, saved or lost. We’re going to no burdens. Look, if you will in chapter six and verse one brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fall, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one, in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted bear ye one another’s burdens. And so fulfill the law of christ. For if a man think himself to be something when he is nothing. He deceives himself, but let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another, for every man shall bear his own burden. Now there are three kinds of burdens. I want to talk to you about today, and I want you to listen very carefully. There are burdens that we willingly take up. There are burdens that we faithfully endure, and then there are burdens that we wisely lay down. I want you to think about those three kinds of burdens this morning. First of all, there’s certain burdens that you’re not to try to escape. As a matter of fact, there are burdens that you are to take up. And what are those burdens. Those are the burdens of another brother, another sister when somebody is hurting. Now, what paul is writing about here is primarily the burden of the backsliding person. The man who has gotten away from God. Look, if you will in verse one brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault. Now the word here is to a christian brethren. If a man be overtaken in a fault, he is talking about somebody who is our brother, somebody who is our sister, somebody who has gotten away from God and somebody who needs to be restored. Now notice the word restored, He’s saying, here’s a person who was once in fellowship and now that person has gotten out of fellowship, Why? Because he’s been overtaken in a fall. Now this is not the person who is not saved is not the person who uh is running to sin. Actually, here’s a person who was endeavoring to get away from sin, but Sin overtook him somewhere years ago, I read that in africa uh each morning in africa, a gazelle wakes up and that gazelle says to himself, if I cannot outrun the fastest lion on these planes, I will be devoured and somewhere that same morning a lion wakes up and that Lion says if I cannot outrun the slowest gazelle, I will starve and so both the gazelle and the lion wake up running now folks every morning, you and I need to wake up running because we are running from sin and satan is running for us and sometimes were overtaken. Sometimes we stumble and fall. You see when you get saved, that doesn’t mean you can’t sin anymore. Say Amen, you know that to be true. When you get saved, it doesn’t mean that you cannot sin anymore. Sometimes were overtaken in the fall. You know the difference between my life before I was saved, after I was saved before I got saved, I was running to sin now I’m running from sam but we can sometimes stumble and fall. So he’s talking about brothers. He says if a man be a brother brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault that is run down by satan trapped and snared by a fault then we are to restore him. I want you right now everybody in this building, I want you to begin to think, can you think of somebody who was once a faithful member of Bellevue who doesn’t attend anymore? Not that they moved away. Can you think of somebody that you used to have sweet fellowship with? Maybe a soul winning partner? Maybe a prayer partner. Somebody that maybe you sang in the choir with somebody that maybe you served on a committee with and they truly so far as you know knew the Lord jesus christ as personal lord and savior and know him today but they’re out of fellowship. This church is filled with them and so is every church, they are brothers. They are sisters who had a fellowship with God and God has called upon us to restore these people because they’re living a life that the apostle paul calls a burden life. They are broken hearted. Now the scripture today that I’m reading is hope for that kind of a person. If you’re that kind of a person away from God. Yet in your heart of hearts you’ve been saved. You know the Lord, your brother, your sister. This message is a word of hope for you and if you have not been overtaken in a fault, thank God for it. But this message is a word of warning for you and it’s a word of a call to action for all of us. Now a brother can be restored. That’s good news. If you’ve gotten away from God, our God is a God of a second chance. If you read the bible, the bible tells about men who got away from God and who got back to God because the bible does not mistake the moment for the man. And the bible is a picture of people who’ve gotten away from God and yet have gotten back to God. There was Jonah. Now we have criticized Jonah for running from the Lord. But the bible says the word of the Lord came under Jonah saying, does God speak to you that intimately, Jonah must have been a great man that he was in such contact with God. He could hear the word of the Lord. He was such a an instrument that God wanted to use him. And yet Jonah got away from the Lord. You remember spent the night on the phone blubber mattress. You remember the story swallowed by whale. But yet Jonah came back to God and john was used of God to bring an entire city about the size of Memphis Tennessee are bigger to jesus christ to repentance towards faith. I remember reading in the bible about Simon Peter, the big fisherman, he loved God. He was the one who said to jesus christ, the son of the living god. Yet Simon Peter’s cursed and swore and denied the Lord jesus. I imagine the critics that day had a field day. They said, reverend Simon Peter, did you hear what he did? He cursed in front of a teenage girl. I never did have much confidence in reverend Simon Peter, I’m finished with him. I’m glad God wasn’t finished with him because that same Simon Peter who stumbled and crumbled and when the rock turned to sand, God made him a rock again and he became the flaming apostle of Pentecost. There was a man who wrote a book in the bible called the Gospel of Mark. You have the Gospel of Mark, that man’s name was, john Mark. It was a young man. He started out with paul and Silas on a missionary journey. He must have been a remarkable young man for the great apostle paul to say, john come and go with us on this missionary journey. But on the missionary journey, john Mark got frightened, he got homesick, he got discouraged and he went back home and the apostle paul lost confidence in john Mark. When they got ready to go on another missionary journey, somebody said, let’s take Mark with us. And paul said, no, sorry, we’re not gonna take him. He’s a failure. He’s a quitter. He’s a slacker, he’s a shirker. He’s not going old Barnabas said, well, I’ll take him with me. Do you know what God restored john Mark? Later on, john Mark wrote the gospel of Mark later on, The apostle paul said by the way, when you’re coming to see me bring Mark, he’s profitable. You see, God wasn’t finished with john Mark, our God is a god of a second chance. Do you know somebody who’s been overtaken with a fault? Well, the bible says you ought to restore him. Now, I want you to look at that word, restore. Look at restore such a one. Do you know what that word means? It’s a technical word. It literally means to set a bone that has been broken and it literally means to mend a net that has been torn. What do we do when a brother fails? Do we say? It’s none of my business folks? It is your business. He is in the body. do you condemn him, then you’re condemning yourself. He’s a part of you. Christians have a way of crucifying living saints, worshiping dead saints and shooting wounded scenes. What do we do when we have a brother who is wounded? A sister who’s wounded? Do we report him to the church? You’d be amazed how many people will say to me, pastor, I am so burdened about thus and such a person. God has laid him on my heart. Will you go see now? You think about that? I am so burdened. God has laid him on my heart. Will you please go see him? Well? If it is so strategic, so necessary? Yes, if I can, I will. But why do you think God laid him on your heart? Why do you think God put him on your heart? Because friends? You are the one that has that relationship. You’re the one that God is burdening and you’re the one that God wants to go. They don’t need a lecture. They need love. If you know somebody like this, I am here to tell you today that that person is your responsibility. My job is to teach you to minister. So that you can be a minister of the gospel of our Lord and savior, jesus christ, will you say pastor? Pastor? That’s well and good. That’s just not my gift. I’m not qualified. Well, maybe you’re not because let me show you the qualification? Look in chapter six and verse one brethren. If a man be overtaken in a fault, Ye which are spiritual restore such a one. Now, if you say that’s not my gift, that’s not my calling. That’s not what I’m inclined to do. That’s not what I’m supposed to do. You know what you’re saying about yourself? I’m not spirit. I’m not spirit. If you are a spiritual person, a person who loves God, a spirit filled person, then you’re going to have all the qualifications you need to restore such a one. Now, I’ve talked about the Ministry of Restoration. Let me talk about the manner of this restoration. If you say, Alright, pastor, I’m going to do it. I have somebody right now in my heart and in my mind. Some man, some woman, some boy, some girl. All right, let me tell you how you have to do it. First of all, you to do it very gently. Look if you will in chapter six and verse one restore such a one. In the spirit of meekness. Do you see that? Now, folks, when you’re setting a broken bone, what do you need gentleness? Isn’t that right? In a spirit of meekness, tender loving care. You can’t restore somebody if you’re harsh and overbearing, you’ve got to be gentle, by the way, those of you who are parents, you know what I’ve noticed about dads whose Children love them most. They’re gentle. Every child wants a strong dad, they want a dad that they can look up to, but they want a dad that’s gentle, gen you can restore your Children with gentleness rather than whacking at them and screaming at them and criticizing them. Try some tenderness with your Children prior you’ve got backsliding Children. They need tenderness. Your neighbor needs tenderness, restore such you want in the spirit of meekness. Do it gently. I’ll tell you what else to do. Do it humbly. Look at this passage, restores that you want in the spirit of meekness. Now watch this. Considering myself. Let’s thou also be tempted. You say not me. And there’s three persons in your seat this morning. The person you are now the person you could be for holiness and good and God. And the person you could be for debauchery and wickedness. If you take your eyes off of jesus christ, you say, well, it won’t happen to me. Well, I wanna ask you a question, happened to Jonah. You better than Jonah happened to Elijah. Are you better than Elijah happened to Simon Peter? Are you better than Simon Peter? It happened to john Mark. Are you better than john Mark? No. The bible says let him that thinketh the standard. Do what? Take heed lest default. And so when when when we are there to restore somebody else. Not only should we do it gently that is with meekness. But we’re doing it humbly considering ourselves lest we also be tempted. I’ll tell you a third way that when you do this restoration, that you need to do it, you need to do it sympathetically sympathetically. You see the bible says Inverse to Bear one Another’s Burdens. Do you see that? Do you know if if a person is truly a child of God and I’m not talking about a person running to sin, I’m talking about a person who was running from sin has been overtaken. If he is truly a child of God, you can put it down big plain and straight. If that person is truly saved, truly born again and is out of fellowship with God, I can tell you he’s carrying a big burden. Now, if he’s not saved, he’s not carrying any burden at all. But he, if he is truly saved and out of fellowship with God, he is carrying a big burden. Now there’s another kind of a burden. There’s the burden we faithfully stay under. Look now in verses four and 5, let every man prove his own work. Underscore that let every man prove his own work. Then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden. That’s not a contradiction in terms On the one hand, the Bible says, Bear one another’s burden. And then the bible says, every man shall bear his own burden. Is that contradictory? No, it’s complimentary. Now, the key to this is two different words that are used for burden the first time. The burden. The word for burden here means a heavy load. Something onerous something that weights you down, something like being out of fellowship with God. It’s a heavy, heavy burden. It is a crushing load. When somebody has a load like that were to come and bear that burden and lift that burden from him. That’s a burden we willingly take up when we bear one another’s burdens. But the word for burden here portion, here’s a different word altogether. It has the idea of a soldiers, weaponry are a backpack or a knapsack strapped to your back. Something that is necessary, something that is not burdensome, but something that is useful, something that will make you useful and something that may even save your life. Now, God does not want us to live lives of ease. But God wants us to live disciplined lives. And so God lays burdens upon us and God expects us to bear those burdens because these are burdens that we are to stay under. Now, what does it mean when it says that, that that uh every man must bear his own burden. That means there’s something that you cannot let anybody else do for you. There’s something that you cannot relegate or delegate to anybody else. What are some of those things? Well, nobody can repent for you. Isn’t that right? Nobody can trust christ for you. Nobody can love God for you. There are parents in this building who would give the last ounce of blood in their veins if they could repent of sin for their Children. But they can’t do. Every man must bear his own. I wish sometimes when I preach, I could go out there, sit in your seat, come forward and give my heart to jesus on your behalf. But I cannot. There are certain things that are our responsibilities and will become our blessings if we will take them. There’s no such thing as proxy religion, and I’ll tell you one of the burdens that we need to take up and bear is the willingness to relieve a brother to bear his burden. You see a fallen our broken brother. It’s not a call to gossip. It’s a call to prayer. That’s a prepper. Nobody can take that for you. I must rush on, because if I don’t, I won’t get finished. I want to come to the last thing. Because you see, I said, there are three kinds of burdens. There are the burdens that we willingly take up. When we bear one another’s burdens. There are the burdens that we faithfully stay under. When it says every man must bear his own burden. There’s certain responsibilities that are ours that nobody nobody can do for us. But then listen, precious friends. There’s one more bird, and that’s the burden that we gladly lay down the burden that we willingly take up the burden that we faithfully stay under. But there’s a third pardon, and that’s the burden that we gladly lay down put in your margin psalm 55. In verse 22. Cast thy burden upon the Lord. And he shall sustain thee. Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee. He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Do you know who wrote that king? David, who’d had his burden lifted when he was restored to God? But he had other burdens. You see, he was a king. He was wealthy when he wrote this, he was Godly because he was a writer of the song. He was aged. What do we learn from this? That burdens come to the high as well as to the low. They come to saints as well as sinners. They come to the old as well as the young Adrian. Do you have burdens? Yes, I do. You have birth? What do we do with our burdens? Well, if we have those kind of burdens, we have to cast them upon the Lord. Roll them on the Lord Brother Jim. We sing a song. I must tell jesus. I must tell jesus I cannot bear these burdens, friend. We have a wonderful, wonderful savior. You say, Pastor, I have a burden today. Why do you think I have a burden? It may be that God has given you that burden to bring you to him somewhere. I read about a man who had a beautiful dog and he had that dog. It was maybe a labrador some of these dogs that love the water, and the dog was swimming out in the water in the lake and the man wanted to go home and he called the dog. But the dog was having such a great time. The dog would not come, hear what the man did. He picked up a stick from the shore and threw it out in the water, and when this dog saw the stick, remember what he’d been told? The dog swam to the stake and got it, put it in his mouth, came back to his master and laid it at his master’s feet. I wonder if the burden that you have has not been given to you by God to cause you to come to his feet, cause you to come to his feet. Maybe he’s called you other ways and you wouldn’t come, and maybe just the burden is what God is using to bring you to your master’s fee. Cast your burden on the Lord, he loves you. You say Pastor. If I got away from God, would he receive me? Oh, yes, yes, Pastor, If I have never known the Lord, can I be saved? Oh, yes. You can come to jesus father, bless the message and seal it to our heart. And now what heads about and eyes are closed. Ask God one more time to lay on your heart. A brother or sister who’s broken. Who needs to be mended. If you have a special burden, roll it on the Lord. He may not, he may not lift the burden. He may not solve the problem, but the bible says, cast your burden upon the Lord. He will sustain you. He will, he will see you through. He will cast it on him. And if you want to be saved, let me invite you to pray a prayer like this. Just pray it right now out of your heart. Dear God, just pray it out of your heart. Dear God, I know that you love me. I know that you want to save me right now like a child. I opened my heart. I received jesus christ who died for me who paid for my sin with his blood on the cross. I receive him Now this moment as my Lord and savior. Lord jesus because I trust you to save me. I’ll not be ashamed of you. I’ll make it public. Give me the courage to come this morning and confess you as my Lord and savior. Help me never to be ashamed of you in your name? I pray. Amen one more word, dear friend. If you have prayed with us to receive jesus christ as your personal Lord and savior, would you let us know? 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