I absolutely love the movie Black Hawk Down and the passion of them not leaving their friends behind. It is the United States Army Ranger oath: “I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy”. Can you imagine what this world would be like if we all took a moment and made sure we were not leaving anybody behind? I had a chance to see the circus with my family a month ago and saw something amazing in the elephants. When they came out they had a leader, and from there to the last elephant, locked trunk to tail. Every time they went into motion they repeated this. I thought, this is funny they are so big, why would they do this? It is so no one gets left behind. What if we would follow our leader, Jesus, and then lock hand in hand? It would be pretty hard to leave someone behind when you are holding onto them. I do not think that it is an all the time intentional leaving people behind sort of thing, but rather we get so caught up in a busy life we forget to just look over our shoulder and make sure “the team” is right there with us. Most of the time it takes a major event for us to respond and make sure someone is not being left behind…ie: divorce, cancer, addictions, etc. Why do we wait for this? Can’t we be proactive instead of reactive? Let’s make this an everyday mission. Look at the Book of Ruth. She did not leave her mother-in-law even with the approval to do so. Ruth said in chapter 1 verses 16-17: “Do not urge me to leave you or turn from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the Lord do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.” That is a pretty serious committment to not leaving someone behind. Ruth said DEATH…that is a real deal not leaving you behind word. How many of us would go to that lengths for our fellow person. Here are some great verses to go by as we focus on leaving no one behind:
Romans 12:13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Romans 12:16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Romans 12:8 If it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Romans 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
My Pastor reminded me last night about the man who was at the well for 38 years. He was left behind for a very long time. People passed everyday and did not reach out a hand for their fallen brother. Lets not let that be us! Let’s start today by making sure we leave no person behind at the well! Today is the day I will not let my brothers and sisters fall and be left behind. Today is the day I will recover!