Sentinels For Christ :: My Brothers Keeper Follow Up

My Brothers Keeper Follow Up

Posted by jimgrier on January 17, 2015

Pledge Principal 1

I am a Sentinel.  Contrary to the prevalent belief of the world, “I am my brother’s keeper….”  I will bear their burdens honoring them more than myself as a servant…

Romans 12:10

Colossians 3:13

John .13: 4; 12-15 

The question begs “If I am my brother’s Keeper how far do I go in helping others?” 

That’s a great question, and the answer is “Not too far!”  God doesn’t want a phony faith based  on works that centers around service when our own life is a mess!  He also knows how easy it is to “practice religion” while having our personal relationships out of balance.  (See Matt 5: 23-24) 

I’ve got a couple barometers that let me know when I’m overstretched pushing the envelope of legalism over a faith that is based on grateful devotion to God.  I think being married helps me in this regard perhaps differently than my non-married counterparts.   First is “How are things going in my home??  Is my wife a “church widow?” are my kids “church orphans?”  When I’m spending too much time and effort building the kingdom at the expense of my immediate family that’s a sure sign I got my priorities mixed up.  Paul gives us a hint about these priorities in 1 Tim 5:8 which reads:  “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”  The principal is pretty clear.  Those who profess faith who lack the common sense to take care of their own family pretty much have no faith worth noting!  The demands of being Christian man in a world that needs Christ will never change, but how we live out our first ministry at home tells us great deal about the difference between legalism and a heart that’s been transformed. 

Deuteronomy 24: 5 reinforces this principle as well.  It’s not particularly well know passage.   It reads:  “If a man has recently married, he must not be sent to war or have any other duty laid on him. For one year he is to be free to stay at home and bring happiness to the wife he has married.”  Again the intent is clear, the home needs to be grounded first, if not chances are we’ll be heading towards chaos.  I find it immensely encouraging a peaceful home is not only worth the investment, it’s something God encourages!  He knows how rough the world is, and He knows how importance the home is in countering it. 

I got a letter this month from Charles Stanley’s ministry “In Touch.”  Dr. Stanley was explaining how our emotions can also be a barometer for what’s transpiring on a personal or spiritual level within.   I seem to notice when communion with God takes back seat anything yes even ministry related tasks I get irritable, the old man comes back quick and peace starts slipping away.  I start feeling intolerant of those around me and resentful of doing any form of ministry.  The worst thing I can do in this situation (and I have) is to “work harder,” or “pray harder” no,  what I really need to do is listen better patiently, until I quiet down and reconnect with God and seek the intimate communion with Him. 

There is no ministry (or any “Pledge” for that matter) worth exchanging our intimacy with God, no matter how good it may look on the outside or how many it may touch “for good”  God desires worship that takes place in community with our spirit and in truth that establishes fellowship with Him on a personal level.  There’s a reason Jesus said “Come unto me all who are weary and I will give you rest!”

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