My brother's keeper

The problem with many is they are more focused on staying clean than they are in getting dirty in order to give that

salvation and grace something to work with. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.

Who are you living for? Seems like a simple enough question; so the answer should be fairly simple, right? Not so sure. I think if you ask most Christians they would have a handle on this one. “I live for Christ. Unbelievers live for themselves but believers live for Christ.” The Bible tells us that Christ lives in us by the Spirit of God. We are sons of the living God. So, we ought to live our lives as such, devoted to him. As he lives in us we live in him. We are living for him? Right? While this isn’t a poor answer, it’s not a thoughtful one. If we ponder God’s Word, getting lost in the grace of it all, there is a surer and more godly answer than this.

There’s an old adage that “Men will wrangle for Christianity, write for it, fight for it, die for it, anything but live for it.” That really is the nature of our purpose for living. We ought to live for our faith, and in that way live for Christ. Here’s a story. A retired couple with limited means maintained their old home in the midst of a sprawling subdivision that had grown up around their little house. The little house had once been part of a larger farm that had been sold off and now the couple had neighbor upon neighbor at their doorstep. Right next door was a younger couple who kept a messy yard, had a bunch of children, several dogs, didn’t seem to have much regard for their neighbors and often seemed down on their luck. The husband hopped from one job to another and the surrounding neighbors had little good to say about them and seemed to avoid contact altogether. Nonetheless, week after week the older couple could be seen trudging to their neighbor’s door with food and other items to sustain their unfortunate neighbors. One day the neighbor on the other side of the old couple house stopped by and asked, “Why do you keep giving them things like that. Don’t you see that they don’t appreciate it?” The little old lady smiled and softly responded. “Well, it’s like this, we make a meager living but share it with them and in return they make our meager living worthwhile somehow.” (Source unknown.)

For many good Christians life is all about waiting for Jesus to come again. They bask in the warmth of their salvation, sanctified by grace, clean and waiting, just like stepping out of a shower in the morning, ready to go. The problem is they are more focused on staying clean than they are in getting dirty in order to give that salvation and grace something to work with. Oswald Chambers wrote. “God has left us on the earth––what for? to be saved and sanctified? No, to be at it for Him. Am I willing to be broken bread and poured out wine for Him? . . . My life as a worker is the way I say “thank you” to God for His unspeakable salvation.” (My Utmost for His Highest, February 15, 1935, Barbour Publishing)

When Cain said to God “Am I my brother’s keeper?” he was in this sense challenging God on this very premise. “Must I work in order to enjoy your grace?” You and I are our brother’s and our sister’s keepers. God may have given you much or blessed you with little. But our living in his grace means little unless we keep others in a shared grace with ourselves. This is what make living worthwhile. We live for others in Christ, not for ourselves simply in his company.

We pray. Heavenly Father, we thank you for our salvation in Christ. We truly live in awe of your grace day by day. We are often tempted however to bask in these gifts without sharing. Forgive us Lord when we disregard the many oppor- tunities you give us daily to share that grace with others. Help us Lord to find true meaning for our lives in the lives of others. As we work in the vineyard of your love today may we be truly thankful for all the opportunities for love you have placed into our lives. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)

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