On the east side of London, pipes for a large drain were being laid in a trench. Suddenly the dirt walls collapsed, and several workmen were buried. Amid the great excitement and confusion a crowd gathered. Many bystanders watched as several people tried to rescue the victims.
A woman came over to one onlooker, put her hand gently on his shoulder, and said, “Bill, did you know your brother is down there?” The color drained from his cheeks, then he sprang into action. Throwing aside his coat and leaping into the trench, he grabbed a shovel and worked frantically until the trapped men were finally set free.
What a lesson for all of us! Masses of humanity are trapped in sin and must be rescued. Although we may express with our words a deep concern over their lost condition, our actions may instead be saying, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Gen. 4:9).
God will never accept that attitude. We cannot escape the urgency to aid those who desperately need our help, for “how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?” (Rom. 10:14).
Join the rescue effort. Your brother is down there!
Throw out the lifeline with hand quick and strong—
Why do you tarry, why linger so long?
See, he is sinking! O hasten today,
And out with the lifeboat! Away, then, away! —Ufford
To be your brother's keeper means you'll be your brother's seeker.