By Camisha Kibble
The life of a Christian is marked by the effort to balance two extremes: the depravity of sin and the dignity of salvation. In our walks, we must be careful not to fall into one extreme over the other. If we dwell in the depravity of sin, we sit in paralyzed helplessness. We see our sin as too great for the cross. On the other hand, when we walk only in the dignity of salvation, we fall into pride and ignore the responsibility to fight sin. In both instances, we don’t walk into the purpose that God has for us. This dilemma manifests itself in the way we view ourselves, our world and our community.
Growing up I despised watching the news. In my mind, the news only depicted negative issues around the world. The highlights reviewed murders, burglaries, shootings, and corruption. It is difficult to hear about the beheadings of ISIS, the shooting in Charleston or the persistence of sex trafficking. So what do we do? We must find the balance between dwelling in the depravity of the world and ignoring it to look only toward our return to oneness with Christ. We are called to be the light of the world, the salt of the earth. (Matthew 5:13) Therefore, we cannot ignore the persecution of our brothers and sisters, and we cannot neglect to take these burdens to the cross. (Matthew 9:35-36, Hebrews 4:16) We pray to the One more powerful than us; the One who is drawing the world into himself.
In regards to our friends and family, we desire greatly for them to reach their full potential in Christ when they go through periods of complacency or rebellion. We try to push them to the cross by our own strength. On the other hand, we cut them off because their wrestling with God is “slowing us down” as we run the race we’ve been called to. We are called to run just as we are called to bear. [pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]We are called to run just as we are called to bear.[/pullquote]
(Galatians 6:2) The troubles of our brothers and sisters should stir our spirit to eagerly seek the throne of grace on their behalf. (Hebrews 4:16) The Lord is not only doing a work in that person, He is also developing your patience and trust in Him. (Philippians 1:6, James 1:2-4)
We are called to bear burdens because the Lord desires to show His glory in that through the brokenness of the world, His love still reigns. (1 Corinthians 1:26-31, John 13:35) Through His love in us, we carry burdens to the foot of the cross where mercy paid for it all. (Philippians 4:6) The balance of bearing is not found by our own strength, but in trusting God. We must fix our eyes on Christ and seek first His kingdom through desperate prayer. Find peace in God declaring His returning “in just a little while” to restore the whole Earth unto himself. (Hebrews 10:37, Revelation 21:1-4)
So, practically, how can we accomplish this balance of bearing? Here are three recommendations I hope will be helpful:
1. Be in a Gospel Community and Fight Club – doing life with other believers will help you fight the sin of feeling helpless or self-righteousness and find that balance of bearing sin and worshiping Jesus.
2. Be in your Word and pray consistently – you will never be able to bear the weight of the world and behold the glory of Christ if you are not reading your Bible and praying to him to strengthen you through His Spirit.
3. Find a devotional or book to help – a devotional or book that will point you to Scripture and that will continually remind you to cast your anxieties on Jesus and keep your eyes fixated on him will also be helpful.