Friday, November 6

You are not that important!

Scripture: Job 31-32, Galatians 5-6

Galatians 6:2–3 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

Observation

“You are not that important.”  When I read that sentence, I laughed out loud.  So simple, so clear…so true.

Paul is urging us to share each other’s burdens, to help one another in practical ways.  This is how we fulfill “the law of Christ”.  What is the law of Christ?  It is to love one another.  Love is doing what is best for another no matter what it costs you.  Love is practical, love is helping, love is sharing each other’s burdens.  

Of course, this can mean pitching in and helping with the most menial of tasks, and you may be tempted to think that you are above that.  Someone like you shouldn’t be expected to do something like that.  You’re too important to do that.

You are not that important.

Application

Two things.

First, remember that you’re not that important.  Resist pride like the plague!  

Second, always be ready to help.  There’s no task beneath you.

A couple days ago, an old acquaintance contacted me.  He had seen an old man struggling down the street and had given him a ride home.  The home was a disaster.  He has since helped the man by repairing his home, and cleaning up personally (think: shave and shower).  He is going above and beyond by helping the man get into assisted living, then renovating and selling his home for him.  The image of this successful businessman helping this gentleman shave and shower is one that will stick with me—a great example of practical love, and a reminder…

You are not that important!

Prayer: Lord, help me think and live like this!  Humble, helpful, loving.