Bearing the Load — Galatians 6:1-5
Paul paints a “what if” scenario to prepare the Galatian churches for things that are sure to come: the fall into sin by members of their churches. Should we ignore the sin of another? Should we merely point it out to others as a warning? No, we must seek to be gentle and yet take action out of love for the sinner in an attempt to restore that person to a right relationship with God and the church, all the while carefully taking note that we are not immune to falling ourselves. In this manner, we help shoulder the burden of this difficult journey, navigating a life filled with the temptations of the flesh.
In essence, the fruitful Christian life is done in community as we love each other. Avoiding conceit, we always seek to help one another while also understanding that we each have an important part to play. Testing our work according to the plan of Christ, we refuse to live by comparing one another but instead seek to take up our own called gifts and works prepared by Christ for us to do and join in the great call to serve the Triune God. This is the free, grateful, loving life God has called us into from our sinful, lost estate.