Devotional thought – A Burden Carrier

“Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
I’ve always felt like a self-sufficient person, not needing any help. “I can do it myself” seemed to be my heart’s motto. Of course, the reality is I need God (which I know but don’t always live out) and other Jesus followers (which I soon discovered).
My husband was hospitalized recently on an emergency basis. He called me at work, said he needed to call 911, and asked me meet him at the hospital.
The body of Christ moved into action. Our two daughters, ages 15 and 11, were at home (they couldn’t ride in the ambulance), so my sister picked them up. In the meantime, my neighbor came over to sit with them. Since I work with an entire office of Jesus followers, they began praying for us. Friends from church called to offer meals. Our family pastor came to visit, and offered to teach my husband’s Sunday School class. Another friend from church took over my Sunday church responsibilities on the preschool hall. A coworker packaged up my computer and brought it to me at the hospital.
I was blown away by all of the love and kindness shown to us. These members of the body of Christ helped me carry my burdens, and they did it so seamlessly and without fanfare that I didn’t have to even think about it anymore.
This is how Jesus told us to live. His kingdom is built on love and runs on love, and He tells us to love each other. In John 13:35, He says: “By this [love] all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
I’m going to be a burden carrier. The world is watching.
When we serve the body of Christ, whether through serving in church or helping someone through a difficult time, we are showing a hurting world the love of Jesus. And when we love on a sister in Christ who needs it, we are fulfilling the law of Christ, the law of love.
Steps of Faith
Father, give us wisdom on how to be a burden carrier and show love to our sisters in Christ. By being sensitive and aware of the needs of others, we can show the world Your love.
Deeper Walk John 13:34-35
This devotional first appeared in Journey Magazine. For more information on Journey, a daily devotional magazine, or to order for you or your church, click here.


  1. says

    What a beautiful story and blessing of people stepping up to the plate in your time of need, and great reminder for all of us to be attentive to those in need around us. Burdens carried make burdens lighter!

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