Sentinels For Christ :: The Sentinel Pledge: Article I

The Sentinel Pledge: Article I

Posted by jimgrier on December 5, 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 

I mentioned a couple weeks ago we would be going through the pledge again in preparation for the new year.  Here's our first blog which starts us off.  So where does Pledge Principle I come from?  Well aside from scripture it came from my own experience.  Back in 2006 when it came out I was getting divorced for the second time,  I was fairly well known in a large Bay Area church as one of the missions guys, the guy who played Jesus in the Easter play, (yes I’m pained even to admit that!) and involved in the lay counseling ministry.  As the word got out there was a jumble of commotion, awkward to say the least with me in the middle blowing up marriage number two, “At least for my part”  as the wise sage Frodo Baggins would say!

One Christian reached out…….

I remember well the loneliness, the shame and the nights so dark they were over whelming.  I would have given almost anything for someone to reach out occasionally just to say “How are you doing?”  It didn’t happen. Eventually, my foray into the family court system would include an absurd conviction and incarceration in 2015 to cap things off!  Fortunately by that time I had gained some quality men through our efforts at the "Sentinels" that changed the way I was able to handle the pressures and disappointments in life but I never forgot the botch job done at my first church almost ten years ago.

I don’t want to be that type of guy unable to walk with others when their blowing up their life, not at 52 years of age realizing how quickly time runs out.  By the way, my stint in jail turned out to be one of the best spiritual development experiences in my life!  But I digress with my personal woes, let’s go to the Word!

Let’s compare two guys for a minute. Take a trip back to Genesis 4, Cain’s just killed his brother and God asks him “Where’s Able?”  Cain’s response?  “I’m not my brother’s keeper!”  I think there’s a compelling argument Cain’s life was wrecked at that point and probably quite  opposite for what God intends for us relationally!

Look at a particular incident in Jesus life, it’s one of my favorites. It’s in Matthew 8 verses 1-3

When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.

There’s God showing up making himself available to us!  It’s pretty hard to escape just how many times Jesus is found reaching out, caring for others, going the extra mile.  Yeah, I get it Jesus...I am my brother’s keeper.

J.P. Grier is the founder and blog writer at SentinelforChrist com - A network of Christian men helping each other to press deeper in Christ.

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