God expects us to live responsible lives. There are choices we make and actions we take that we remain individually accountable for. According to Galatians 6:5, each Christian is expected to bear his own load. The word used for “load” in this verse is a word that refers to something like a backpack. There are many things in life that individual Christians, empowered by the Holy Spirit, must take care of by personal discipline, determination, and effort.
Some burdens in life overwhelm us because they are much larger. The burdens referred to in Galatians 6:2 are more of the “wagon load” variety. These burdens are intended to be carried with the help of other Christians.
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
I think of the 5 D’s: death, disease, divorce, depression, and drugs. If you are in the middle of one of these burdens, you need some help. That is why God gave us Christian brothers and sisters. That is why you need a support system of believers. That is why you need to be part of a Life Group.
When it comes to things like showing up for work, paying bills, controlling speech, driving the speed limit, having a quiet time, coming to church, eating healthy and exercising regularly, you are responsible for the actions you take. You can make excuses, but excuses do not eliminate consequences. You remain responsible to choose and act wisely according to the guidance of God’s Word. Skillful living leads to blessings in life. Foolish choices cause eventual pain and suffering. No one can do for you what you will not do for yourself.
I was returning from Corn on Highway 54 recently when I noticed a black SUV in the process of passing a semi and heading my way. I intentionally slowed down as they raced down a hill in my direction. By the time they arrived, the SUV barely made it around the semi. I honked my horn and shouted, “Idiot!” I didn’t offer a prayer for their salvation or whisper, “That’s OK.” It wasn’t OK. A lot of actions taken in life are not OK. You cannot change what other people do, but you can change what you do.