I am a faithful and avid reader of Oswald Chambers’ classic devotional book, “My Utmost for His Highest.” Ruth Bell Graham said that this book was “One of a kind.” I agree. If you want to deepen your spiritual life, if you want fresh insight to Scripture, if you want more of God in your daily life, if you truly thirst for righteousness and desire to grow spiritually, I urge you to get a copy.
In a recent devotion, Oswald Chambers asks a penetrating question, “Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible spiritually to God for other people? You will recall that after Cain killed his brother Abel that God asked him, “Where is your brother Abel? Cain gave a sarcastic response, “Am I my brother’s keeper? God’s answer to Cain is concrete evidence that we are indeed our brother’s keeper. (Genesis 4:8-16)
The Bible as a whole teaches that we are responsible spiritually to God for other people. We are commissioned by God to be salt and light to others. We are ambassadors of Christ. We are commanded to go into all the world and make disciples, to baptize and to teach them to obey all that Christ has taught us. We are to be the presence of Christ to all we meet. Jesus said, “You are my witnesses…even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
What family member do you have that does not know the Lord? What neighbor do you have who is not affiliated with any church? Who do you work with on a daily basis who needs spiritual encouragement and nourishment? What can you do in the life of another individual to cultivate friendship and trust to the point that you can share with them your faith in Jesus Christ?
As Jesus was about His father’s business, so we are called to be about our Heavenly Father’s business. In essence, that is what Christianity is all about. In essence, that is what church is all about. What is your response to the profound question raised by Oswald Chamber, “Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible to God for other people?
In His Love,