Shoulder Strength

Carry each other’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2)

Your first glance at this title might cause you to think that I will be sharing some tips from our sport training ministry to help build your upper body strength. And it certainly is true that I enjoy this aspect of our church ministry, having spent most of my life coaching and training athletes in sports and the martial arts. But the “shoulder strength” I am talking about here has nothing to do with weight lifting, but rather lifting weight.

Regardless of your age, athletic experience, physical ability, or station in life, as a child of God you have been given supernatural strength to help others in a variety of different ways. As Christians, we are called to bear one another’s burdens — to come alongside others and let them lean on us when they are not strong and to offer them a shoulder to cry on. We all have the perfect amount of shoulder strength to be a blessing to others in their time of need. It is God who has ordained the church to be His shoulders to help strengthen others in their times of need. It is only when the entire body of Christ is engaged and working together that we will be what God in Christ died to make us — His body.

So how has God been using your shoulders lately? Please keep in mind that this has nothing to do with ability; it has everything to do with availability. God gives all of His children the ability to be a source of strength to others. But it is up to us to make ourselves available to be used by God for His glory and the good of others.

Think back to the last time you needed a shoulder to cry on or when someone came alongside of you to help you bear a particular burden. We really do need each other, because God will work no needless miracle to ease a burden when He has already ordained for His children to be His shoulder strength.

Take some time today to consider those closest to you and how you might be able to meet some particular need. Ask God to show you how He wants to use you in the life of someone who needs your strength, and you will be blessed beyond measure. “And in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

One last thought: Don’t forget that when you are helping carry someone else’s burden, Jesus is carrying you every step of the way. For God has promised to meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!


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