A. It is great when brethren care so much about each other and will help even to their own hurt if need be (Philippians 2:25-30).
- Yet, there are instructions that can’t be carried out by others (I Timothy 5:8) [some exceptions; which we will address shortly].
- There are expectations that we shouldn’t want others to take on for us as well (Acts 17:10-11).
- It is good to be able to have support spiritually (Philippians 1:27).
- It is good to be able to have support physically (I John 3:14-18).
II. Body: There Has To Be A Balance Though (Galatians 6:1-5)…
A. Sometimes people think too highly of themselves (Proverbs 25:14, Proverbs 26:12, and Colossians 2:18).
- Such is not the Lord’s will for us (Romans 12:3).
- This is especially true of those that do little themselves, get a lot of help, and then become boastful (Isaiah 10:5-15).
- Think about the point of I Thessalonians 4:11-12
- How can you follow Galatians 6:4 if you have no work to test?
- How could any of us read James 1:21-27; 2:14-26 and think ourselves faithful if we are not doing anything?
- Consider: II Corinthians 5:10 and I Peter 1:17
- The application here appears more to be talking about carrying your own weight (i.e. Mark 8:34-35).
- Think of the Parable of the Talents. Could they take the responsibility given to them and pass that off on to someone more capable (Matthew 25:14-30)? NO!
- How does Hebrews 10:24 help us to help each other?
- We are all supposed to be workers (Matthew 5:14-16, Ephesians 2:10, II Timothy 3:14-17, Titus 2:11-14, Titus 3:8, and Titus 3:14)!
III. Conclusion: Matthew 16:27 and I Corinthians 3:8
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