We never intend on heading smack dab into destruction. Destruction isn’t a place we’d choose if we had the two options presented to us: Abundant Life or Destruction—hmmm which will it be?
I’ve never seen a bold neon sign saying: “STOP!! You are headed for destruction!”
No, instead we typically head toward destruction, in a slow progression: Small choices. Seemingly “no big deal” sins. Justification of questionable “gray” areas. Joining the crowd “Just this once!”
All the time thinking it’s harmless fun.
No one will get hurt.
No one has to know.
I can handle this; I can stop at any time.
How blind we are on our journey toward destruction!
Small compromises lead to bigger ones.
We may not have a neon sign flashing in our face on our spiral into destruction, but if we are in a biblical body of believers, we should have a few friends who will come alongside us for a rescue mission. Yesterday, I shared with you about the long journey home. That journey often begins with the “neon warning sign” that a friend issues in biblical confrontation.
[box]Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:1–2)[/box]
If we are committed to God’s holiness and glory, if we love a brother and desire to see him restored to a right relationship with God (primarily for God’s glory), we will not ignore or enable him in sin. We will embark on a rescue mission.
We cannot embark on a rescue mission unless we have the right motives and the right medium.
Our motive in rescuing a brother who has been captured by sin, must be God’s glory. We want our loved one restored, yes, so they can be whole, set free, healed, and totally redeemed—but it isn’t primarily for their sake. If we are tempting a rescue mission with the sinning brother or sister as the focus, we’ll probably fail. God’s glory must be our motive and focus.
God’s glory must be the motive of rescuing our loved one because sin must be seen as an offense to a holy God who is worth our complete and total obedience. If God’s glory is our motive, our greatest concern in the process will be that the watching world see and know that God is living and able to completely redeem.
God’s glory must be our primary motive when restoring a loved one.
What is our medium?
By “medium” I mean the means of restoration. My mom is an artist and she uses acrylics as her “medium” to create beautiful paintings. Some artists choose oil or water color as their medium.
The medium we must use in restoration is “gentleness.”
That’s hard. Typically when a loved one is caught in sin, they’ve brought destruction, not only to their own lives but to yours as well. Gentleness isn’t the first response for most people. Grabbing someone by the neck and shaking them or screaming verbal slams in their face might make you “feel” better. But that’s not what Scripture calls for. Gentleness is the means of restoration.
As you watch a loved one inching toward destruction, are you confronting him in his sin?
Are you moving toward him in gentleness to restore him for God’s glory?
Do you have friends in your life that would do this for you?