Love will hold us together. Make us a shelter to weather the storm. And I’ll be my brother’s keeper, so the whole world would know that we’re not alone…great lyrics from Matt Maher. I’ve been listening to him a lot lately. All The People Said Amen is an amazing record that God has been using to speak to me.
God has so many ways of speaking to us in certain phases of our lives that are so simple and beautiful – and so timely there’s no doubt that it’s Him. I guess I’m in one of those seasons right now. It seems like God is speaking so directly and profoundly – I love it. And this song couldn’t have come to my playlist at a better time.
God recently called my family and I to worship with a new body of believers. He brought us to a pretty amazing group of people that love God and pray for the strength to truly walk in humility and care for one another as we make much of Jesus. It’s been so refreshing to be with people who really live out this thing we call “church”. Realizing, it doesn’t mater which building we meet in on Sunday. We are all still the church and we desperately need each other to fulfill what God has called us to. I want to be my brother’s keeper. I want to have men and women in my life to “do life” with. Men that I know are just as messed up as me, but by the grace of God we can hold each other up and let iron sharpen iron.
Looking at the story of Cain and Able in Genesis 4, I think Caine really exposes the state of his heart in this one statement….”Am I my brother’s keeper?” Selfishness and pride were at the root of it all. He obviously didn’t care about his brother’s well being, he just killed him. A little pride, a little jealousy and anger got in the way of his relationship with God and his brother. But how many of us have done the same thing? Instead of truly loving our brothers and sisters in Christ, we compare ourselves to them; become jealous of their gifts and talents, gossip about them, and in doing so feed division and selfishness in our lives and in the church.
This sad behavior is certainly not what Christ wished for us as He ascended into heaven. In John 17 Jesus asks the Father that we would be “One” as He and the Father are “One”. How beautiful would it be for us to truly be one – for us to put our minor theological and denominational differences aside and unite as the body of Christ? God has brought some amazing people into my life that truly care about me and my family. I get all kinds of encouraging text messages and emails – real brothers and sisters in Christ that challenge me to grow in this area. We need to be there for each other, checking in on each other and praying for each other. Let’s not follow the sins of Caine; let’s be our brother’s keeper. Let’s pray what Christ prayed in John 17 and be united by the grace of God
This has always been at the core of Fuzed Worship. It’s why we named the organization Fuzed Worship…FUZED – TO BECOME UNITED; BLENDED TOGETHER; CREATING A STRONG UNION. This season in my life has been a great reminder of that commitment.
I think this scripture says it all….John 15:13 (NIV) Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.