Romans 15:1-2 1WE WHO are strong [in our convictions and of robust faith] ought to bear with the failings and the frailties and the tender scruples of the weak; [we ought to help carry the doubts and qualms of others] and not to please ourselves. 2Let each one of us make it a practice to please (make happy) his neighbor for his good and for his true welfare, to edify him [to strengthen him and build him up spiritually].
I’m still stuck on this passage, because it challenges me to really look for ways I can meet the needs of others. I was reading in Exodus chapter 17 where the children of Israel were fighting a battle against Amalek. Verses 11-12 say 11When Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and when he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12But Moses’ hands were heavy and grew weary. So [the other men] took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Then Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side and one on the other side; so his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. Moses was a great leader, but even his strength wore out from time to time. We see here that as long as he had his hands lifted up his people were winning the battle, but as he grew weary his hands would drop and the enemy would start to win. I love what Aaron and Hur did, they came along side him and each one of them took an arm and held his arms up until the battle was over. They didn’t critique him, or ridicule him, or talk about him behind his back, they simply supported him and where he was weak they gave him strength. What a wonderful example of what we as believers are called to do!
I also thought of when Jesus was being crucified and was forced to carry his cross after he had been beaten and bruised. When he could no longer carry his cross, the soldiers got a man named Simon to carry it for Him. Even the Son of God had a moment of physical weakness and needed help shouldering His burden. The very reason He become powerless was so that He could help us when we lack strength. Romans 5:6 says 6While we were yet in weakness [powerless to help ourselves], at the fitting time Christ died for (in behalf of) the ungodly. We can follow His lead and find others who might benefit from a little extra help. I challenge you today to look around for someone who might need your strength. Whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual, find a way to support the people in your life and carry their cross for a little while.