“And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred overseers to set the people a work.” – 2 Chronicles 2:18
Every person in the Body of Christ has a purpose. There are many callings, gifts, and talents to be used. There is the five fold ministry (Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers) There are Leaders; Overseers; Bearers of Burdens. There are Seven Gifts of the Spirit to be operated. Some have the gift of hospitality, friendship, the call to be a mother or father, or spiritual mother. In God’s classified ad section there is no limit to the spots available, and we are each equipped to carry out a great work. Even the housekeeper of the church has a great calling, and does it all for the glory of God. (Colossians 3:23) There is no small calling, as they are all important in the sense that one cannot work without the other. (1 Corinthians 12:12-31)
One of the greatest callings that we are ALL called to operate at some point is the one of, “Burden Bearer.”
These are often times the, “prayer warriors,” in the church; the elders. When someone in the church/body of Christ is hurting, usually the elders and prayer warriors will be sought out to lay hands on the hurting one and pray. Other times God will call on certain individuals to help with that burden through the use of intercessory prayer. Or, God will request that we resort to our prayer closets, and prepare for the battle ahead. Whatever the situation calls for, God knows best.
As Christians we do not battle the physical, but the spiritual. So in order to fight our battles we need to operate in the spirit. (Zechariah 4:6)
Jesus was/is a burden bearer (Matthew 11:30) We were not meant to carry heavy weights in this life. He took care of that when He carried the cross. That’s not to say we will never face anything hard, but we have a God that is willing to carry us through it.
Moses interceded for Israel many times, and carried their burdens to the mountains. (Exodus 32:30)
When Moses was on the mountain in Ephesians, He was in a spiritual battle to defeat the Amalekites. He needed Aaron, his brother in the Lord to help him keep his hands raised when he became tired. A stone was placed under him also when he needed rest. We have a stone that we can lean on for rest, that rock is Jesus; our cornerstone. (Ephesians 2:20)
When we raise our hands to God, it is a form of worship, surrender, and the most powerful form of battle. We raise God up, and give Him control over what we face.
When one person in the body of Christ is hurt the rest of the body hurts and we are called to take action. When you notice a person hurting in your midst, our instant reaction is to help that person. When we obtain a scratch on a part of our body or infection, our blood cells react and rush to that spot to heal it.
Some of the greatest miracles happen because of burden bearers. I’m sure there are many times people have prayed for me and I didn’t know it. That old saying that the reason a lot of us are still here, is because of the prayers of our grandmothers is one of the truest statements there is. It is nice to think that no matter what we face in life, there is someone somewhere calling out to God on our behalf, and a God that is willing to let us lay our burdens at His feet. Jesus is basically saying, “lay your burdens at the cross, and walk forward in victory.”