In many cities in the Middle East, carriages or carts were not allowed to enter the city gates, so porters usually had to carry heavy loads on their backs. These men were often chosen from among the poor and were forced to spend long days and nights in back-breaking labor. Often, two porters would walk side-by-side and take turns relieving each other.
So when Jesus told those who were “heavy-laden” to come to Him for rest-it was a vivid illustration of an everyday struggle. (Matthew 11:28) When Paul encouraged the Galatian church to “bear one another’s burdens,” (Galatians 6:2), it was more than a spiritual truth-it was a way for Christians to practically live out their faith.
Maybe today you can do something to help lighten someone’s load. Think of someone who is hurting in your church or your community-and think of a way you can do something practical that will help them. It could be a ride to the doctor’s office. It could be a bouquet of fresh flowers. It could be a home-cooked meal delivered to their house.
Bearing other’s burdens is sometimes more than kind words and sweet notes. It’s rolling up your sleeves and doing something positive to affect their lives.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.