Paul wrote, “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.” (Romans 15:1) In other words, Christians with strong faith need to come to the aid of those whose faith is weaker. They do this by assisting, guiding, and patiently loving as Christ loves. John the Baptist said it best: “He must increase, and I must decrease.” (John 3:30)
Christ gave His disciples His power, His Spirit, and His authority and commanded them to go and make disciples of all nations. (Matthew 28:19) As Christians assist their weaker brothers, God is glorified because scriptural guidance and deeper understanding allow those with weak faith to recognize the glory of God, answer questions of doubt, and become motivated.
Maturing the weak in faith is a Christian’s duty. Just as Christ did not come to please Himself, but to please His Father, Christians are to present Christ to their neighbors for their neighbor’s sake.
Christ is the model of strong faith. He rejected self-gratification and clearly represented God’s purposes. He came to serve, even unto death on a cross. In the same manner, His disciples do not search for power or authority, but seek ways to help others. The greatest disciple will be the greatest servant.
Only through Christ-like endurance and encouragement will the weak begin to exercise hope and learn that they are not alone. Through having someone to talk with and purify their thoughts and understanding, and by exercising the Spirit’s gifts of love, joy, peace, endurance, gentleness, and goodness, a person gains the strength to become an active Christian.
Paul wrote, “If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.” (1 Corinthians 9:17) He also wrote, “Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) As Christians praise the Lord for such opportunities, those who are weak learn to stand in unity of mind and voice with all believers, glorifying God, through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join them for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Sunday Morning Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday Evening Worship at 7 p.m. They also meet for prayer on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can be heard on KAML 990 AM and KCAF 92.1 FM each Sunday morning at 8:30, and again on 92.1 FM every Wednesday evening at 6:30.