There is a subtle attitude that often enters our hearts when we see a Christian brother or sister slowly being eroded in their faith and devotion to the Lord. We turn the other way and avoid the opportunity to help them stop the erosion. This attitude began with Cain. God asked Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?”, he replied, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9). Jesus demonstrated the very opposite principle in Luke 15 (the lost sheep and lost coin). The man “goes after the one that is lost, until He finds it” (15:4). The woman “lights a lamp…sweeps the house and seeks diligently until she finds it” (15:8).
Paul is equally concerned that we have the right attitude toward others in the Body of Christ who may be faltering in their walk with the Lord. “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:1–2). He makes the same point to the Ephesian Elders; “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28).
James has the same mind as Jesus and Paul. “My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19–20). All of these references show that spiritual erosion is the result of sin being allowed in some form to eat away at our faith and obedience to Christ. The responsibility of rescuing and restoring those affected by erosion is not just the responsibility of the pastors or elders, but all in the church.
God wants to use you to stop the erosion in someone you know. Ask the Holy Spirit to pour a fresh filling of God’s love and care for others. He will equip you as you reach out with genuine care.
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