“That’s not my problem.” I’ve said it, and so have you. I’ve said it when it was true, about things I needed to let go, but I’ve also said it and thought it when it wasn’t true, about burdens that were mine to bear. Maybe they didn’t appear to be mine directly, but Paul reminds us that in the household of faith, my brother or sister’s burden is mine as well, “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.”
The temptation can be to say, “That’s not my problem,” but if what we sow is what we reap, is that the harvest we want when we stumble? Paul urges us to restore one another in gentleness, calling to repentance and walking in grace. It’s not a call to ignore sin in the household of faith. That’s the easy way out, at least at the moment. But it isn’t a call to condemn either. It’s a call to address one another with humility and gentleness, pointing one another always to the gospel of Christ. “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Watch today for opportunities to do good to everyone, to point those inside and outside the household of faith to the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.