And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred overseers to set the people a work. 2 Chronicles 2:18
Solomon was preparing to build the temple. 2 Chronicles 2 speaks of all the people/skills that would be needed. Burden bearers, also referred to as ‘common laborers’ are people who carry loads. Hewers cut wood/stone apart with a sharp instrument making them perfect for building. The word of God edifies us in the same way – equipping and perfecting us for service to the King (Hebrews 4:12, Ephesians 4:12). Solomon was building a physical temple; we are building a spiritual kingdom (1 Peter 2:5). We are the temple of the living God (1 Corinthians 3:16). Abraham the ‘father of many nations’ cut the wood for the offering, and carried the wood up a hill, to build an altar for the perfect sacrifice; one that foreshadowed a foundation of faith that would last through all ages. He carried a great responsibility/burden (Genesis 22:3, Luke 12:48). Overseers are foremen who keep things operating smoothly. In God’s classified ad section there are no lack of available positions, but one of the most overlooked, thankless and unwanted positions is the burden bearer. They are an asset/pillars in the church. They are intercessors/prayer warriors for the church. Moses carried Israel’s burdens to the mountain when needed (Exodus 32:30).
We are all commanded to bear one another’s burdens. Sometimes burden bearing requires a physical act, but most times our heaviest weights are best carried on our knees. The bible says that two are better than one, for if one falls the other can lift them back up (Ecclesiastes 4:9). Pray for God to open your eyes to someone you can mentor in the Lord, young or old. Our youth carry the biggest burdens of all. We need to support one another. We can’t expect the leaders to do all the leg work, we need to pull our weight. To safely lift and carry something heavy you must use your legs. If only using your arms, you will throw your back out. One part does not work without the other. God’s design is perfect. If we do not exercise our muscles, they atrophy and become ineffective. God has given us talents/gifts for a reason. Jesus was the greatest burden bearer, carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders (Matthew 11:30). We are not called to be heavy weight champions, but we are called bear one another in love (Galatians 6:2).