Christ Is the Pattern

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By Charles Stanley, Christian Post Contributor
May 27, 2012|10:36 am

Matthew 11:28-30

If Christ were not our burden bearer, every one of us would be lost and on our way to eternal separation from God. Jesus bore our sins in His own body on the cross so that we might live righteously (1 Peter 2:24). He says to the tired and downtrodden, "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28). Because our salvation is the result of Jesus being the sin bearer, He is a perfect pattern.

God predestined us to be conformed to the likeness of Christ (Rom. 8:29). Suffering alongside others as they endure the trials of life is in our spiritual DNA. It's part of being a child of God. The hallmark of a Christian is love, and this should be evident in the way we treat others.

But bearing other people's burdens is hard, particularly when we have cares of our own. Nevertheless, we should not wait until all of our problems are solved before we decide to emulate the work of Christ. The apostle Paul, who faced continuous obstacles, never stopped serving others. He said, "My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19). That means we can share someone else's burden even when we have our own. God's grace is sufficient for both.

God is never too busy to tend to our cares. Believers all over the world are hurting deeply today. The Lord knows how you can be a servant to someone who needs your friendship. Ask Him to use you as a healing salve to bring another person freedom from burdens.

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