TO HAVE NO BURDEN TO CARRY…July 31, 2015

“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”  Galatians 6:2-4

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Sadhu Sundar Singh, a Hindu convert to Christianity, became a missionary to his people in India.  Late one afternoon Sadhu was travelling on foot through the Himalayas with a Buddhist monk.  It was bitterly cold and the wind felt like sharp blades slicing into their skins.  Night was fast approaching when the monk warned Sadhu that they were in danger of freezing to death if they did not reach the monastery before darkness fell.

Suddenly, on a narrow path above a steep precipice, they heard a cry for help.  At the foot of the cliff, lay a man fallen and badly hurt.  The monk looked at Sadhu and said, “Do not stop.  God has brought this man to his fate.  He must work it out for himself.  Let us hurry on, before we, too, perish.”  But Sadhu replied, “God has sent me here to help my brother.  I cannot abandon him.”

The monk continued trudging off through the whirling snow, while the missionary clambered down the steep embankment.  The injured man’s leg was broken and he could not walk, so Sadhu made a sling of his blanket, and tied the man on his back.  With great difficulty, he climbed back up the cliff, drenched by now in perspiration.  Doggedly, Sadhu made his way through the deepening snow and darkness.  It was all he could do to follow the path.  But he persevered, though faint with fatigue and overheated from exertion.  Finally, he saw ahead, the lights of the monastery.  Then, for the first time, Sadhu stumbled and nearly fell.  But not from weakness.  He had stumbled over an object lying in the snow-covered road.  Slowly he bent down on one knee and brushed the snow off the object.  It was the body of the monk, frozen to death.

Years later, a disciple of Sadhu asked him, “What is life’s most difficult task?”  Without hesitation, Sadhu replied:  “To have no burden to carry.”

God himself has asked us to carry one another’s burdens that we will fulfill the entire law.  By bearing the burdens of others, we actually PROVE that we are followers of Jesus.