MONDAY, AUGUST 5
“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself… And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
Galatians 6:1-3, 9-10 (ESV)
GROWTH IS A GROUP PROJECT
Some of us are old enough to remember the commercial that was on television years ago with the elderly woman who had fallen. We don’t see her fall but when the commercial begins she is laying on the floor shouting, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” It was an ad for a company that sold devices that allowed people to simply push a button when they needed help and there was no one around to help them or they couldn’t reach the phone.
In Galatians 6, we find Christians who have fallen spiritually and need someone to help them get up. Galatians 6 uses the expression “caught in any transgression.” The word “caught” is also translated “overtaken” in other translations. The idea isn’t that we caught them but instead a sin that has snuck up on somebody and overtaken them. Yesterday, Pastor Mike reminded us that God planned spiritual growth and spiritual rescue to be a group project. And there will be times when we may be surprised by the power sin has over us as individuals and we need our Christian family to help us get up.
One problem is too many churches, instead of being places of healing for broken people, are places of judgment and condemnation; or worse, they are places where the brokenness is ignored and everybody pretends everything is alright. This isn’t about us “catching” people sinning. Instead it’s about helping each other when we get “overtaken” by sin. Joining a small group is one of the ways we can help you instead of hurt you as a church.
If you are in a small group, is your group a place where you’ve helped each other when you’ve fallen? Are you open, honest and helpful? If you are not in a small group consider coming to our small group open house next Sunday and finding a group to join.