4 Biblical Ways to Be Your Brother's Keeper Today
The responsibility of caring for your brother is something that will never go away. So, what does being 'my brother’s keeper' look like today? Let’s consider some ways and areas we can look out for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
1. Represent Christ on Social Media
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors… – 2 Corinthians 5:20
One of the biggest ways we can look out for each other is by watching what we project on social media. We must remind each other that we represent Christ.
An ambassador is someone who has been sent by one country to be its official representative to another foreign country. Christ has sent you to be his representative to a world that is lost and needs him. You are his agent.
Sometimes we get on the pages of social media and we forget this fact. If we are going to really care about our brothers and sisters and be their keeper, let’s remind them that even in this space we must still shine the light and show the love of Christ.
2. Practice Discipleship
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. – Matthew 28:19-20
Jesus gave us two commands before he left. One was to preach the gospel and the other was to make disciples. When we preach or share the gospel we don’t control the outcome. All we can do is share it.
However, he told us to make disciples. If we can make them, then we can play a greater role in the desired outcome.
At the heart of discipleship is one word that Jesus used…teach. To make a disciple requires that you invest time in a person’s development. You have to teach them the word of God. You also have to allow them time to learn how to walk out God’s word in their everyday life.
Therefore, discipleship is a commitment you must make if you really want to be your brother’s keeper. Thankfully, there are many different ways to make this happen. Let’s be sure we take the time to get it done. Your brothers and sisters deserve it.
3. Create No-Judgment Zones
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. – Galatians 6:1
If we are going to be our brother’s keeper then we have to create no-judgment zones. This means letting people know that they won’t be condemned for their struggle. Let’s be honest, we all have areas of weakness and temptation. Some are more visible than others, but we all have them. We have to allow people to share their struggle without fear of judgment. Let me be clear, no judgment doesn’t mean no correction, but it means no condemnation.
If someone is sincerely seeking help to break free from whatever is holding them back, or from a poor decision that led to sinful activity, we need to help them. Galatians 6:2 says:
Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
When someone comes to you with a burden, let’s make sure we are carrying it and not making it heavier for them. If we do that, we will be fulfilling the law of Christ which is to love your neighbor (which includes your brothers and sisters) as yourself.
4. Keep Others’ Confidence
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. – James 1:26
One of the greatest fears people have is that they would share their “business” and it somehow ends up all over the church. Unfortunately, I have heard pastors preach people’s “stuff” from the pulpit. It’s funny how this happens and then we wonder why people don’t want to reveal their struggle. People should have full confidence in you that if they tell you it will go no further.
You have probably seen a scenario like this. Someone tells a person something in confidence. That person then goes to someone else and says I will tell you, but you can’t tell anyone else.
By the time this cycle has finished, everyone knows what’s going on. So much for telling someone in confidence.
In John 4, Jesus engages in a conversation with a Samaritan woman. In the midst of the conversation, her “stuff” comes up. Actually, Jesus brings it up. When the disciples finally returned, you don’t see Jesus telling them all about this woman.
He kept her “stuff” in confidence. We must do the same.
If we are going to look out for people and care for them the right way they have to feel safe knowing that whatever they share with you will go no further.
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