Dale Saylor | Pastor, Spiritual Maturity
Do you ever feel like it is difficult to handle your own daily burdens as you travel on your spiritual journey? In Philippians, we read that we are to “take an interest in others too” [Philippians 2:4]. How are we to do that if we are barely keeping pace with ourselves?
The Jews in Jesus’ day completely understood what it meant to take care of one’s self and others – because they did this in their gardens. Gardens were groupings of terraced land which were stacked side-by-side (usually on a hillside). Each plot was separated by a stone wall and belonged to a different family. But if one family neglected their wall, a heavy rain could wash away their garden, as well as the gardens on either side of and below theirs. So families worked together to assist in repairing each others’ walls and to ensure that every garden was strong.
As they cared for the holes in someone else’s wall, their own walls were made even stronger. Likewise, when we care for the spiritual journeys of others in our community (or small group), the whole community is made stronger.
Whose wall are you caring for today? Be conscious of other members in your small group. It is so very important to get connected and stay connected.
Stay faithful and finish strong,