The Bible has a lot to say about the “one another”s throughout its pages. I was reminded of these last fall and have continued to notice them off-and-on without thinking much of it until recently. Then I realized how impactful these “one another”s are.
I had the opportunity to join friends on a hike to a nearby waterfall (about an hour or more’s walk from our center). The hike ended up being very difficult for me at times and as I tried to get my thoughts off of myself at one rest stop, I realized how similar this stuff is to our walk in the body of Christ. I’d like explain what I mean with pictures:
We start out, often seeing a flatter easier trail and frequently find ourselves in the company of others journeying this way. We see the hills ahead and know that it will not be easy ahead but…”so far so good”, we think to ourselves, and we step out with confidence, enjoying the company of our companions.
This is body life for believers in Jesus Christ. When I thanked my two friends for being so patient and helping me so much, one just shrugged and said, “That’s what we’re here for right? You’re part of our team and we want to help you make it.” The verse “Bear ye one another’s burdens” (Gal. 6:2) now has fuller meaning.