Is it about moving ahead in commerce, technology, marketing, or education? Wellyes. But isnt there something more at stake here that is eternal in nature? Today, as you engage in the pulsating, pounding and pugilistic world of make or break; win or lose; do or die, it would be easy to miss the spiritual challenges God may have placed in your path. Galatians 6:1-5 presents five:
If someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. (vs.1) Perhaps there is a fellow believer who is teetering on the brink of sinning, or is presently engaged in an activity inappropriate for a believer. In the spirit of gentleness and self-examination are you willing to pay the considerable price of getting involved in seeking to restore him on the right path? (See Gen. 9:20-24; Matt. 6:69-75; Jas. 5:19, 20)
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (vs.2) You may be in touch with someone with a heavy heart carrying a burdensome load, such as a grave domestic, financial, career, or health problem. Do you care enough to fulfill the law of Christ (love) by helping lift his load? Wise, old King Solomon instructs us, Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. (Pro. 3:27) (See Exo. 23:5; Isa. 58:6, 7; Matt. 11:28-30; Matt. 7:12; Jn. 15:12)
If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. (vs.3) The name of the game in the marketplace is about image and performance, because thats where the accolades and advancement lie. When success comes, it is all to easy to forget the Scriptural admonitions: Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealthFor who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?..Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him (Deut. 8:18; 1 Cor. 4:7; Pro. 26:12) (See Pro. 25:14; Lk. 18:11:12; Rom. 12:16; 1 Cor. 3:18; 8:2)
Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else. (vs.4) The Scriptures admonish: Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. (2 Cor. 13:5a) As we scrutinize our lives, we would do well to invite God into the process by praying, Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psa. 139:23, 24) Again, Paul cautions us, We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise (2 Cor. 10:12) Rather, our goal must be to grow in the character of Christ, until we all reach the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Eph. 4:13) (See Job 13:15; Psa. 26:2; 1 Cor. 11:28)
Each one should carry his own load. (vs.5) None of us can claim moral superiority over others. If we will take the time and effort for the self-examination mentioned in the previous paragraph, we will become woefully aware of our own failings. Dealing with those failings should absorb us to the point that we no longer have the time or inclination to compare ourselves with others. (See Matt. 7:1-5)
QUESTION: In the marketplace where everything seems to move at lightening speed; where its every man for himself, and where image, winning, and getting there first with the most spells the difference between success and failure, it is all to easy to miss what God desires to do in and through us as his ambassadors. In fact, he is calling us to live and operate at a higher plane than the secularist or materialist. Are you choosing to tune into what God is doing in the lives of the people in your world, and to participate with him as his chosen instrument?