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Galatians 6:5 For each one will bear his own load.
The whole industrial world moves on roller bearings: they're everywhere.
A machine was being repaired because of roller bearing failure. The repairman said the machine had never been put into service; it sat on a shelf for two years and never ran. The bearings were damaged from lack of use. To survive, bearings require lubrication, which virtually eliminates metal-to-metal contact. However, when they sit idly, the lubrication is squeezed out from between the surfaces, and the protection is lost. Then, with the slightest vibration, severe damage will result. Roller bearings need to be in motion to survive. Furthermore, they need to be carrying some load. Unloaded bearing rollers will slide rather than roll, which leads to a different kind of failure.
A Christian is like a roller bearing. His God-given function is to be active: it is for his own good. We all have our burdens to bear, whether the everyday challenges of life or the burdens of a sacrificial life to God.
1 Corinthians 15: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.
If we sit idly, we forsake the will of God. The end of that condition is that we will squeeze God out of our lives, the one who supplies what we need.
1 Kings 19:13 And behold, a voice came to him and said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 14 Then he said, "I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away." 15 The LORD said to him, "Go…"
The trials that we endure increase our strength and our hope. Without this testing, the slightest tribulation that would come along will wreck our faith.
Romans 5:3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;
James 1:2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Much of New Testament admonition concerning endurance is in connection with severe physical persecution. Our load is not as heavy; even in Hebrews the writer states:
Hebrews 10:4 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin.
Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised
On the original New Testament word for "endurance," William Barclay writes:
It is not the patience which can sit down and bow its head and let things descend upon it and passively endure until the storm is past…. It is the spirit which can bear things, not simply with resignation, but with blazing hope; it is not the spirit which sits statically enduring in the one place, but the spirit which bears all things because it knows that these things are leading to a goal of glory; it is not the patience which grimly waits for the end, but the patience which radiantly hopes for the dawn.
Consider Jesus, the perfect example of load bearing.
Hebrews 12:3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Give yourself to Him this day; He'll share your load.
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