11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
Many think on the good Samaritan and think about good deeds, when convenient. Our life in Christ is not about the convenience. Can we simply say how convenient it was for Jesus to die on the cross and pay the price for our sin? What a small task to rise again for our privilege to have prosperity without conviction?
Every day people are falling into trouble, sins, and death. You can’t ignore that, and should you convince yourselves your minds to occupied, does the Lord not continually weigh these opportunities? Genesis 4:9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?“ If you recollect, Cain killed Able. Now we may not necessarily be killing someone, but, how about time? Are we not just as accountable with our time before our heavenly Father when we know life is as a vapor and people are perishing daily? Side note, we’re all keeper’s of each other, isn’t that what accountability is?
Matt. 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” The great commission, was this a request? Was this about when you have time? “He that winneth souls is wise” Proverbs 11:30. This implies, if this is not part of your life, one seems to be making unwise decisions. 2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”
As well, is it our responsibility to be involved in other people’s personal lives? Galatians 6:1 “Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.“ If we’ve been born again, our lives as such should be concerned with the duties our heavenly Father has placed before us, which includes everyone. If you we’re headed toward some treacherous trap, wouldn’t you want a warning? Should you slip into the slippery pit of a sin, wouldn’t a hand out or life line save your day?
Recently in the news there had been a story of a man perishing in a lake with individuals standing round, not only providing no assistance, but, jeering. Many have been aghast at these reactions, but, where were the preceding convictions in people’s lives? Have we not noticed an increase in videos and postings showing accidents and injuries, even death. Skate boarders crashing, grandma falling from the table, and wrecks on highways have become entertainment. I cannot bear these any longer! Check your souls and those of your own family and circles of influence. Will God not judge and do right? Will he not render to every man his reward?
If we ignore the issues of the day won’t those around us give less regard? Don’t let idleness replace activity. My grandpa used to say idle hands are the devils playground, so keep them busy. Friends, we live in a dark and perishing world, we are to let our light shine!
Father, forgive us for an unbalanced preoccupation with the things of the world, as it should apply. Create in us a clean heart and vision for the lost. Help us to be aware of our surroundings, and how we may help others in need. Help us to be willing to spend of our time, ability, or finances toward these opportunities as able and accounting stewards. Lord enable us, so in the end of our lives we may hear “well done good and faithful servant.” Thank you for a new day, your love, and guiding Spirit, Amen.
Friends, have a great day and be a blessing!