Every Tub on Its Own Bottom

“For each will have to bear his own load.” (Gal. 6:5)

Perhaps you heard the title of this verse’s comments before. I heard it a lot as a young person. It’s how people shared this verse. It was one of many “chimney corner scriptures.” When someone said that every tub had to sit on its own bottom, they were saying each person would have to be responsible for what they did. That is the essence of this verse in Galatians. Paul is plain here. We will all appear at the judgment seat before the great I Am and we will all have to answer personally for our lives.

Can’t point to others and blame them for how we behave. Some people would have us believe that we don’t have to hold some people accountable for their behavior because of their past environments. We can’t carry that philosophy to the judgment, however. The Judge of all mankind will not be swayed by what others did that influenced your thinking and behavior. The Judge will maintain that there is a right and a wrong and each person will be judged based on their personal actions.

God has made it easy for us to rely on the blood of Jesus and what he did on the cross but it is still our decision. Accepting grace and salvation is a personal choice, not a family one or a church one. Regardless of past events in our lives, we must decide to follow the Cross and Christ or not.

You can’t borrow my tub’s bottom nor I yours.

Task for Today: Forget what the rest of the world is doing. Forget what your friends and family say. There is only one authority for this, and that is the Son of God. Do what He did and what He says. The way through the judgment to enter the glory land is in the blood of Jesus. Are you washed in the blood?

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