Galatians 6:5
“For every man shall bear his own burden.”
The implication that we should carry one another’s burdens is not that we should make others carry our own. To carry one another’s burdens means to come alongside those who are overburdened by the weight of that which they carry. We should come alongside in support of those around us who are struggling. But first and foremost, we must carry our own burdens. We must struggle with the things that we carry and struggle as hard as we can. Should we be the ones who stumble and fall, then the Lord in His mercy will send that one to come alongside us and help us carry it.
I remember a long time ago there was a young man who would come to church; he struggled with a good number of things, but never could seem to get a hold of them. He was tossed to and fro with different things and always would be in need of some sort of counseling or help. He eventually faded away from the church, not because of a lack of help, counseling and help is essential to the Christian walk, but from a lack of sheer determination and grit to grab a hold of the horns of the altar. God wants rugged Christians, willing to make sure of their election and fight the battle fearlessly and courageously.
To bear our own burden is the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something, the state or fact of being accountable, or the responsibility to carry something. Children are a responsibility, just as marriage is a responsibility, and as implied, our faith is our responsibility. It is our duty to carry and to hold our profession. To bear our own burden is to take the responsibility of laying ourselves before God and relying upon His strength. This should be the rugged constitution of the Believer, that His grace will be sufficient in our own weaknesses, and in that we can have the strength to carry our own responsibilities in the faith.
63-0607 - “Be Not Afraid”
Now let's just raise up our hands, each one in your own way. It's got to be your confession. And I'm going to pray for you here. Now you believe it, and you pray. I'm going to pray for you, and you pray for your own self. Just pray. Confess your own faults. Confess your weakness. Make your promise to God that you're not weak anymore; you're strong. You're not a coward. You're not going to be sick. You're not going to serve sin any longer. You're going to serve God. Make your confession and believe it. It's your soul. It's your responsibility. That's right.
Read the Bible in 1 year:
Mark 12-13