Hello NEG Brothers,
This is my new adopted brother, Isaac. His dad’s name was Abraham so we had to name him Isaac, right? Anyway, he has certainly brought a new dimension into my life. Being the only dog child for 10 plus years had me pretty spoiled and I really liked having all the attention. That changed pretty dramatically upon Isaac’s arrival.
Now I have to share my toys, my bones, my “space,” even my water bowl. I guess I now have a better understanding of what it must have been like for many of you, especially if you were the oldest in your family when the next child came along. This whole process has yanked me out of my comfort zone completely. I find myself thinking almost constantly about Isaac and what he is doing, or more accurately, what he is doing to me.
Fortunately, my mom and dad have helped me with the transition. They are constantly telling me how much they are counting on me to “train” Isaac on all the things I have become so good at such as social things like not barking too much; going outside to, you know, take care of things; not to bite or chew; and so on. As they were telling me all the stuff they expected, it made me think about the verse in Genesis 4:9 when Cain said “Am I my brother’s keeper?” And, of course, we should be our brother’s keeper but not only to our relatives (even the adopted ones) but to each other as well. One of the ways we demonstrate our walk with the Lord is how we treat our Bothers in Christ.
Here are a couple more verses that illustrate how Jesus wants us to watch out for our “brothers:”
Matthew 18:15 “If your brother sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two or you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.”
Matthew 18:21-22 “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
Romans 12:1 Paul said, “Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
So my encouragement to you this week is that you each get out of your comfort zone like me and reach out to a brother in the name of Jesus.
Henry, NEG Mascot