Morgan Freeman in his portrayal of Principal Joe Clark in the inspirational movie “Lean On Me” tells the story of a high school community in the inner city that does not have many resources where the students have no one to lean on. As result the students has become discouraged and have no hope. Then comes along Joe Clark who instills in them hope and provides for the students someone they can lean on. This is the same message Paul communicates to us in Galatians 6:2 where he tells the church at Galatia that they must bear each other burdens.
Thesis: If you are going to march on past your hardships you are going to have to find someone you can lean on!
Many of you may feel like the students of Eastside High life has beaten you up and knock you down time after time. Everyone has seemed to have written you off and left you for dead. Seems like there nowhere or no one you can turn to. However right when you are ready to throw in the towel God provides someone for you to lean. Kirk Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Sting, and others in their gospel remake said I am here you don’t have to worry. Bill Withers said lean on me when you are not strong and Ill be your strength Ill helped you carry own cause in won’t be longed I am going to need somebody to lean on.
You see Moses leaned on Jethro when he was experienced leadership hardships.
You see David leaned on Jonathan when he was experiencing persecution hardships.
You see Paul leaned on Barnabas when he was experiencing transitional hardships.
You see Joshua leaned on Caleb when he was experiencing courage hardships.
I suggest to you that if you are going to overcome your hardships in this life you are going to have find somebody you can lean on. Perhaps for you it is that mother that always knows just the right word to say to lift your spirit. Perhaps for you it is a father who is always there to get you that extra push you need. Perhaps for you it is that brother or sister who always there to support you even when you in the wrong. Perhaps for you it is that church member who extends themselves to you when you least expect it. Perhaps for you it is a co-worker who comes to your aid that you thought didn’t like you.
Paul knew from experience that this life would be full of hardships and that if you don’t have people in your life to help ease some of the burden that life would take you out. For Paul he had Timothy, Luke, Titus, and John Mark amongst others to lean on when he was experiencing hardships.
Question becomes who do you lean on when you are experiencing hardships? I here you saying well brother preacher I don’t have a Jethro, Jonathan, Barnabas, or Caleb in my life! I don’t have any of those type people you describe earlier. There is always Jesus who promised that He will never leave you nor forsake you! That’s literally what Christ does for us He picks up are burdens and carries them for you! Next time you are experiencing hardships in your life you should have a little talk with Jesus because how many know that having a little talk with Jesus makes everything alright. Another song writer said what a friend we have a Jesus all sins and griefs to bear what a privilege we have to take everything to the Lord in prayer.Scripture reference: Gal. 6:2