“Bear with one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ” – Galatians 6:2
We live in a world where we are all interdependent on each other. So, there is mutual dependence on a global level, where one country depends on another country for something and that country may depend on another country, which eventually leads to global interdependence.
For example, commodities like oil have created a global interdependence between countries that produce the precious commodity and those that covet it.
The rich countries are to some extent dependent on the poor nations. They need their raw materials, mineral resources, human resources, which they buy often at ridiculously low prices. If the poor countries default on the repayment of their loan interest, the likelihood is that the whole world economy may be adversely affected.
On the other hand, the poor countries rely on the rich countries for the supply of consumable goods, other finished products, arms, loans, grant etc, to sustain their economies. The same is true of multinationals, as they rely on cheap labour and the exploitation of the locals in places where they operate. And, on individual level, rich people need poor people to work for them and in some cases exploit them in order to make mega profits and build up their wealth. It is not uncommon to find ghettos and run down communities nearby affluent areas, in many of our inner cities.
Beloved, the bottom line is that human society is totally interdependent. As a result, from nations to individuals we have a responsibility to look out and care for others. The rich and wealthy cannot say I do not need the poor and vice versa.
This is the reason why God designed us for connection with Him and with each other. In John Chapter 13 verse 34, Jesus said “A new command I give you; love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”. We are called to relinquish any desire to be totally independent.
Unfortunately we live in a selfish and greedy age, where everyone’s desire is to live for oneself. Independence is something that is prized and encouraged and it is what many of us seek to achieve. We get a job to pay our way, we live on our own, we do our own cleaning, accounts, washing, shopping, cooking and so on. We take this same independent attitude into our communities and nations.
But, the truth of the matter, is that it is much healthier to act and live interdependently. Nations, multinationals and individual can learn from each other, encourage, support, and care for each. Interdependence means everyone can grow together, instead of what we witness in our world today where some nations, communities and individuals are flying, prospering while some remain in abject poverty. With interdependence, everyone is stronger and better, than they are on their own.
Philippians Chapter 2 verse 4, says; “Do not merely look out for your personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Apostle Paul encourages us to guard against any selfishness and that showing genuine interest in others is a positive thing. Galatians Chapter 6 verse 2 reminds us that we will be fulfilling the law of Christ if we bear one another’s burdens.
There are rewards for those who reach out and care for others.
“He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shut his eyes will have many curses” – proverbs 28 verse 27.
So, God wants us to identify with the needy. You see, if instead of looking only after ourselves and our own interest, we help others, when they are in trouble, God will definitely supply our needs.
“And, God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” – Philippians Chapter 4 verse 19.
Beloved, whatever your need on earth and heaven is, God will always supply.
Interdependence means we cannot shut our ears to the cry of the poor, needy and those who suffer.
Remember, what Proverbs Chapter 21 verse 13 says, “He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be answered”
May the God of love inspire you to love others.
May you live in a way that the love and peace of God will reign in you.
Have a glorious week.
Venerable Prebendary Tunde Roberts