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Responsibility

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Focusing on vs. 5 that we must each carry our own burden.

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Who here believes they are chosen by God?
Christ says in “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you...”
We will come back to this.
Responsibility:
Not a word many in our culture like to talk about.
It’s always the other person’s fault! Let me tell you that I am the king of excuses. I have one for every selfish thing I do.
It’s MacDonald’s fault that I’m overweight.
It’s not my fault I was speeding, I was just keeping up with traffic.
It’s not my fault I was late. The Steeler game went into overtime.
Dan Yanchak has joked about employee’s saying that they are late because of car problems…they got in them too late.
Dad’s story of being late for work.
Galatians 6:1–10 NIV
1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
The life of a Christian is meant to be a shared journey. We are not meant to be lone rangers.
Galatians
Galatians 6:1 NIV
1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
We are all vulnerable. You think you are not? The word you are looking for is PRIDE.
This is not about judging someone. This is about love. When we are involved in one another’s life we can speak the truth in love, we can assist each other in recognizing and acknowledging faults and weaknesses. Just one more reason we need the church.
Galatians 6:2 NIV
2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
The new life into which we have been born through Christ is a shared life.
The Greek word used to describe the shared life of the people of God was key-no-nia.
Meaning which means communion, joint participation; or our English word “fellowship.”
Sharing in friendship, being partners in the gospel, sharing material possessions, having fellowship in Christ and sharing life together in the Spirit and fellowship with God.
In key-no-nia we are bound to each other, to Christ and to our God. Our life is shared, we “carry each other’s burdens”
Galatians 6:3–6 NIV
3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load. 6 Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor.
Galatians 6:3–4 NIV
3 If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. 4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else,
Self-denial is at the heart of the gospel.
But you must not devalue yourself. You are a child of the most high God!
We will come back to verse 5.
Galatians 6:7–10 NIV
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Galatians 6:7-10
Paul lays it out for us:
If we live for God we will spend eternity with God.
If we live for ourselves, we will spend eternity with ourselves, without God.
Now before we finish let’s jump back to vs. 5.
Galatians 6:5 NIV
5 for each one should carry their own load.
We talked a few minutes ago about responsibility. In this verse Paul addresses individual accountability for doing the work of the gospel.
There are some things in life only you can be responsible for.
When Melinda was pregnant. Only she could carry that load. There was nothing I could do to carry.
When I was in great pain after breaking my collar bone, my dad said he would do anything to take that pain for me.
One other thing we can not share is death. There will come a time for each of us.
Thru the Bible Vol. 46: The Epistles (Galatians) Saved by Faith and Fruit of the Spirit Presents Christian Character

Thomas Hobbes, an agnostic all of his life, a very brilliant man, said when he came to his death, “I am taking a fearful leap into the dark!” And then he cried out, “Oh, God, it is lonely!”

There will be one final event that we must carry our own load. The Judgment or Bema seat
The New American Commentary: Galatians (2) Carrying One’s Own Load (6:4–5)

First Corinthians 3:10–15 teaches that the second coming of Christ will usher in a distinctive judgment for believers. The purpose of this judgment seat of Christ is not to determine the salvation or damnation of anyone. That matter will have been settled before this great event occurs. On this occasion the Lord of the church will review what every Christian has done with the gift of salvation from the moment of salvation to the end of life.

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