As I was searching the scriptures this morning, my eyes got stuck on Proverbs 24:11-12»
Deliver those who are drawn away to death, and those who totter to the slaughter, hold them back [from their doom]. If you [profess ignorance and] say, Behold, we did not know this, does not He Who weighs and ponders the heart perceive and consider it? And He Who guards your life, does not He know it? And shall not He render to [you and] every man according to his works?
God’s instruction to us is to be our brother’s keeper. We are to love others as we love ourselves. I am very sure that if you were to be in some sort of trouble, you will utilize every resource at your disposal in fighting your way out of the trouble. You will call out for help from those you believe can help you.
Please, one of the ways of being our brothers’ keepers is by fighting for justice on their behalf. Don’t keep quiet when a colleague or anyone as a matter of fact, is being unjustly punished. Don’t ignore the cries for justice of those around you. If you have the means to deliver them from the shackles of their oppressors, please don’t leave them to suffer unduly. When God blesses us with resources- financial, intellectual, social, etc, it is for the good of our neighbours and ourselves. And who is your neighbour? Anyone God allows to cross your path is your neighbour.
Another very important light through which I see this scripture is calling out to those on the path of destruction. If you see a sister or brother marching towards danger, do all you can to save that person from danger and herself or himself. When you see someone trying to dive headlong into a pit, talk to her about it.
Show pity. Be compassionate. When we look through the Scriptures, we will read, “Jesus had compassion on the crowd” severally. Jesus is very compassionate. One day, He was passing by and saw a widow mourning her son’s death. What did Jesus do? He was moved with compassion. He could have said, “I was not invited. It’s none of my business”. But He didn’t do that. He got involved in her business and brought joy to her. He empathized with her. He felt her feelings.
Don’t put up an “I-don’t-care” attitude when you are supposed to speak out or warn someone about approaching danger. God will ask us. Posing in an “ignorant” standpoint is punishable. Do all in your power to rescue the perishing. Plead with them to come back from the fast lane of life on which they are. Call out to the unsaved. Tell them about the imminent danger of not accepting the Saviour’s love. Jesus is merciful. Care for the hopeless. Mourn with those who mourn. Whatever position we find ourselves in, we are placed there to minister life to people around us.
Be your sisters’/brothers’ keeper!
~OMOSEBI Mary Omolola