Restoration (Galatians #24)

Text: Galatians 6:1-5

Revelation of failure

  • Definition of a fault
    • That word fault is a weak place or separation in the earth’s surface.  It is an area of failure at the earth’s surface.
    • San Andreas Fault: In 1906, the northern segment of the fault, near the city of San Francisco, ruptured along nearly 300 miles, causing a huge earthquake that led to fires, downed buildings, and thousands of casualties. The death toll was between 700 and 2,800.
    • Fault is sin or a defect in the nature of a person.  It is a weak place in the character of the person.  If pressure is applied it will fail and there will be damage to to those in its vicinity just like the San Andreas fault moves and there is much collateral damage.
  • Dominance of the fault
  • …overtaken in a  fault…
  • Now, if a brother or sister is overtaken in a fault that means it’s habitual.  You have these smug Christians who say if you’re saved you won’t commit sin habitually.  These people, saved or unsaved I don’t know, ignore their own habitual sin and ignore the things that trip them up every time.  Point is that being overtaken means you’re defeated in that area of your life.  It may be something everyone knows about or it may be something no one knows about.
  • A good definition of this dominating fault is a besetting sin like in Hebrews 12:1 …let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us…
    • It also means he or she isn’t harboring iniquity in their heart; this isn’t a planned “in your face” sin.  In fact, the brother or sister overtaken may hate themselves for having the fault, but they don’t know how to kick it.

Restoration is the goal

  • The point is restoration …restore such an one…
    • The Pharisees that crept into the churches were real good at finding fault in others.  They were good at pointing out your problem.  They could go to church and have roast preacher for lunch.  Or BBQ congregation for dinner.  They are so good at finding problems with people they even find them when there are none to be found.  But they hadn’t a clue how to restore a soul.
    • The difference between conviction by the Holy Spirit and guilt from the devil?  The difference is restoration.  When the Holy Spirit convicts you, He’s looking to restore you.  When the devil lays a guilt trip on you, there is nothing to restore, it is only hobbling.  He throws something in your face that you can’t do anything about anymore.
  • The power needed for restoration
    • It’s always easier to be critical than it is to be helpful.  That’s what the rioters and protesters of today do.  It really doesn’t take any sense to tear something up.
    • But to build something, now that takes wisdom.  It takes wisdom enough to build a physical structure, but when you’re talking about a human being, a living soul, it takes the wisdom of God to help them grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  Remember the Proverb, He that winneth souls is wise.
    • Burden decreased, not increased
    • Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ.  There is nothing you do to earn salvation.  The legalists that snuck into the Galatian congregation were trying to burden the Christians there with things to do in order to stay saved.  Paul says, instead of adding to their burdens because you don’t think they are spiritual enough, how about you which are spiritual help them.
    • Spiritual power is required …ye which are spiritual… not carnal power, physical power, not emotional manipulation, but the spiritual ability to restore.
    • This is really where the rubber meets the road in your spiritual maturity.  And you probably come face to face with your own failure when you begin to try to figure out how to restore a hobbled soul.

Realization of maturity

  • Fulfillment of the Christian life
    • Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ… FULFILL means you’ve accomplished what you’ve come to do.
    • We’re very good at pointing out problems.  But when it comes to restoration, you and I come face to face with our own spiritual weakness.
    • Don’t spill that.  Don’t trip.  Don’t fall down.  Now, are those instructions really necessary?  We are good at pointing out failure, but the ability to help, teach, grow, counsel, all those things seem to elude us.  Teach them how not to spill it.  Teach them how not to fall down.  Teach them how to stay up on their bike.
    • Training is work.  Complaining is easy.
  • Find the course of restoration
  • How to be a burden bearer, now that reveals your spiritual maturity.
  • In a meek application
    • In the spirit of meekness…
    • Paul just finished talking about the fruit of the spirit being meekness in 5:23, and immediately makes application to that aspect of the spirit of God.
    • Meekness is the right spirit.
  • In mirrored consideration
    • Considering thyself…
    • Take a look in the mirror and then attempt to restore.  Would I want someone to help me with this?  Yes.  HOW would I want them to help me?
    • Remember restoration is the goal and you are no better than they are.
    • Approach in humility or else everyone is going to get dirty.
    • Accusation hardens the will; questions stimulate conscience.
  • In modest estimation
    • If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself (vs 3)
    • Think you’re something while failing to help brother or sister in Christ means you’re nothing.
    • Overestimation of myself in how I judge myself verses how I judge others.  You and I generally judge others by their works and ourselves by our intentions.
    • …let every man prove his own work…
    • The other thing about restoration is when you have some risk in it, something at stake in it.  Millionaire trying to give a “Stay in School” speech to a 7th grade class in a poor school in New York.  He had no idea what to say to them that would make them want to complete their education.  So he scrapped his notes, told how he came up and was helped by someone else to get where he got.  And then put his money where his mouth was and said, If you’ll stay in school and make good grades, I will personally help each one of you pay for college.
    • Maybe it’s not money to risk, maybe it’s just yourself.  Risk rejection and that shows your commitment to restoration
    • Think you’re something because you borrowed glory from someone else.  Christians are good at this.  We can rejoice in others victories or even pawn them off as our own.
    • You need to get some victories of your own.  You need to get some of your own answered prayer.  You need to get some of your own Alleluias, as one preacher put it.  Quit living off of others.  Like the flea said to the elephant as they crossed the bridge together, “Boy, we sure are shaking this bridge.”
    • 2 Corinthians 10:12, 18 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. … 18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
    • Your judge is Jesus Christ and you need to make Him happy in restoring another soul.
  • In pure motivation
    • For every man shall bear his own burden (vs 5).
    • There shouldn’t be an expectation that you’ll get the same treatment.  That’s just manipulation.
    • Think you’re something but will not bear your own burdens, you’re nothing.  You make your burdens someone else’s.  Paul says when you grow up spiritually you’ll learn to help others without forcing others to help you.