Genesis 4:8-9: Mutual responsibility.
“8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let’s go out to the field.’ While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. 9 Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ ‘I don’t know,’ he replied. ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’” NIV UK
‘’Am I my brother’s keeper?’’
I think, instinctively, everyone knows the answer to this question. We have a mutual responsibility for one another as human-beings. How much more so among the ‘household of faith’? (Galatians 6:10).
Probably most of us have asked this question at one time or another of some one or another. But deep down inside we know the answer – even if we’d rather not.
‘Do we know where our brothers and sisters are? Do we care? Or are we making excuses, as Cain did?’ Warren Wiersbe: ‘With the Word’,p. 17.
When people respond to a legitimate question with an angry, surly, touchy response, you know something is amiss. It’s like you’ve suddenly caught a very sore spot and they jump.
‘Each within our reach, all who need our help, all related to us by the ties of the family, have a claim on us. We must not take an advantage over them; their weakness and need are strong claims on our resources of every kind; we are bound to keep them as far as we can; we may at any moment be called to give an account of their whereabouts. To dispute this is to betray the spirit of Cain, was was a murderer…Remember that you have just as much love towards God, as you are willing to show towards the brother whom you have seen.’ F.B. Meyer: ‘Great verses through the Bible’, p.10.
PRAYER: Lord, what a world it would be if everyone looked out for the interests and needs of everyone else. But it isn’t like that. It’s damaged by sin. However, help me to fully play my part; to reach out hands of service in blessing to everyone I can.