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Am I my brother’s keeper? and you?

Brothers keeper

I remember, one day I asked a friend of mine what’s wrong with that one member of the worship team? He attends the church no longer? And guess what… Do you know what kind of answer she gave me?.. “I don’t care! ask someone else. Why you interfere in people’s lives? I don’t know what it is. Stop interfering in people’s lives. You’re really asking someone what is going on with someone else? ridiculous. Ask me such things no longer!”

Yes, I was silent, shocked and thought to myself “did a Christian just told me that? If a Christian ask someone why his brother no longer come to church, it is interfering? is whether or not my duty to intervene when my brother goes on the wrong path? Shouldn’t I care for and serve others?” let”s figure out our responsibility to care for and serve others.

Genesis 4:9 “And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Cain certainly isn’t one of my Top 10 Inspiring Heroes from the Bible but if I’m honest, he’s one of the big-time Sinners in the Bible I Can Relate To.
If we look at this part of the Bible it’s not the jealousy or the murder I connect with, rather it’s that self-justifying question he tosses back to God that often echoes in my own thoughts: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” When Cain asked this question, he wished to deny he was responsible for his brother Abel, whom he had in fact murdered. If we look at the New Testament John contrasts this attitude with one of love. “For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.” 1 John 3. 11,12

I know that I am called to be my brother’s . . . my friends . . . my neighbor’s . . . even my enemy’s keeper.

God invites me. . .  No! He invites us to love, stand up for, and kneel down in humility to serve others in our lives. And that invitation challenges us to step out of our comfort zone of loved ones and out of our comfortable routines to see life through the lens of the kingdom.

Does this mean God wants you or me to serve in a orphanage, homeless shelter or soup kitchen? The answer maybe yes. But also the answer may be no or not now. God may have other avenues of service in mind such as ways to love, sacrifice, extend compassion, and minister that are incorporated into our everyday lives. In other words, service may not be so much about clearing off a space on the calendar as it is clearing out an open, welcoming space in our hearts.

Who is your “brother”? Who is your “neighbor”? . . . Will you keep? Will you love? Will you serve? Please take a moment, sit back and start thinking….. Who have you not seen in the church over the last service? Who have you not seen for a while in the church? Care, Serve, keep en most important one of all is love!

Keep and leave no man behind!