By Allen Domelle, Old Paths Journal
“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”
One of the greatest works, other than leading someone to Christ that a believer can do is to be involved in restoring the fallen. Just because someone has fallen in sin does not make them a sub-spiritual believer; it only means that Satan considered them a worthy target to attack, and his evil efforts overtook them.
However, there are two words that everyone must remember that are very important to their walk with Christ. While you are restoring the fallen, God commands the believer to consider themselves “lest thou also be tempted.” The word “consider” means to contemplate, examine, or appraise your own life. In other words, never forget your own spirituality while you are trying to restore the fallen back to where they are in a right walk with Christ. There are several things that God wants you to consider.
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First, you are not above temptation or sin. The reason God told you to consider yourself is because He doesn’t want you to forget that you could do the same thing that those you are trying to help did. The most dangerous position any believer could find themselves in is when they think that they are above committing a sin.
Second, stay focused on others. In verse 2, God commands the believer to bear the burdens of others. If you stay busy helping to carry the burdens of others, you will likely stay too busy to listen to the temptations of your flesh.
Third, don’t deceive yourself — you are not that good. God says in verse 3, “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” Just because you help the fallen doesn’t make you better than them. You are as much of a sinner as they are; the only difference is that your sin has yet to take you down.
Fourth, let your work do the talking. God says in verse 4, “But let every man prove his own work…” Pride is a terrible sin that often leads to overconfidence in one’s abilities. Instead of talking about what all you have done, let your works speak for you. Instead of bragging about what you have done, you would be wise to keep doing the work that brought about the works for which you want to speak.
Fifth, don’t deceive yourself — you won’t get away with your sin. Verses 7 and 8 warn about sowing and reaping. One of the biggest reasons people fall into sin is because they feel they have gotten away with sin. What you must realize is that you have not gotten away with sin; you have only not come to the harvest season. You can’t sow to the flesh and reap of the Spirit. If you want to enjoy the fruit of the Spirit, you must sow to the Spirit. Just because your reaping season seems to be a bit slower than another’s who has fallen doesn’t negate the fact that you will reap the harvest of your sin if you don’t get right with it now. Don’t let the delay in sin’s harvest deceive you into believing that you are going to get away with sin.
Sixth, don’t give up doing right. God challenges you not to be “be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” My friend, keep doing right. Keep investing in others and trying to restore them. You may think your efforts are in vain, but you will reap the harvest of joy if you don’t quit.
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