As humans we tend to skip the basic steps in favor of the more interesting advanced techniques. But the basics are foundational for a reason—they keep us safe and provide a structure for us to build on. This devotion is not an advanced spiritual thought or doctrine. It is basic— the most simple way we should be demonstrating the love of Christ. Yet almost all of us have not taken these basic steps to ensure the safety of our brothers, often repeatedly, sometimes ending in tragedy.
We are better than that.
Let’s determine once again that we will act out Christ’s love in even the most basic areas of our ministry.
Here’s an excerpt from The Christian Musicians Devotional to help us think about what we are or are not doing to protect our brothers:
“Do not stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is threatened. I am the LORD.”
Life threatening situations are always frightening and often devastating. We see stories in the news about entire families and towns being affected when someone is lost. Life threatening situations do not only occur when one person threatens to kill another. More often, they look like accidents. Unfortunately, many of those situations could have been avoided. Too many of us take shortcuts without considering the potential consequences. Bands sometimes play in the seedier areas of town, and we generally know to watch out for equipment theft and to protect ourselves personally in those areas. But we are not usually as good at watching out for more common problems: drivers that fall asleep, and fires.
At the end of the day it is just too easy to fall asleep in the back seat on the way home from a gig and let someone else drive. When everyone in the vehicle does this, the driver is left to try to keep himself awake. Are a few extra hours of sleep worth yours or anyone else’s life? People’s lives are threatened, both in your vehicle and in the vehicle you could potentially hit, when no one stays awake to talk to the driver all the way home.
Fires can easily occur when we do not maintain and use the correct equipment, both in our vehicles and our gear. ‘Being poor’ is not an excuse to use broken cords or poorly maintained gear. ‘Just because we can’ is not an excuse to use equipment (especially pyrotechnics and candles) that does not have the appropriate fire rating for the venue. Bands work with electricity at every show. It is our responsibility to demonstrate love for others by using it correctly and safely.
Prayer: Father, forgive me for not considering how many people I could be putting at risk by taking chances with safety.
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