One of the reasons why we put doors in our houses is not only because of thieves but also to create a restraint that will not permit an intruder a free entrance in to our property. The intruder can be a person that may have intention to harm the occupants of the house. It may be a person who want to steal our property or create unwarranted fear in our mind. The intruder, on the other hand, may be an animal like deer, antelope, lion or snake. Even if the animals are not harmful, no one will like to accommodate a strayed deer in his or her sitting room or bedroom. The same principle of security consciousness is the reason why a nation has various levels of law enforcement agency to restrain the aggression of the criminals by enforcing the law, legally and physically overpowering the undue aggressive people to succumb to the law of the land and ensure that peace ensued in the nation. It’s the same reason why a nation has strong military departments that include a combat force, navy personnel in the sea and air forces in charge of the air space of a nation, that are fully prepared to ward off the aggression of other nations.
On the other hand, in the same principle of security consciousness, we are expected to establish a retraining barrier round about our structures to ensure that no one will accidentally hurt himself or herself in the premises of our properties. In the legal terminology, it is said that we owe people a duty of care that requires us to be careful that our ways of life, or the way our property is established will not be detrimental to the ordinary innocent man in the street in the course of his every day’s businesses. As common as the security consciousness is in our time, it is equally found in the scripture. “When you build a new house, you must build a railing around the edge of its flat roof. That way you will not be considered guilty of murder if someone falls from the roof.” (Deuteronomy 22:8 NLT) As a result, a dug-well in our house must be properly barricaded and covered so that innocent little children will not fall into it. When we build a home for our comfort, especially multi-story buildings in our choice location of our communities, we must provide a protective rail on our stairways and round about the roof top so that the sick or drunken people who might have strayed to the roof top of our building will not accidentally meet their untimely death as a result of our carelessness of not observing the duty of care that we owe our neighbors.
In June 14 2016, a family visited a reputable international holiday resort in Florida, United States that provide a recreation services to the communities for family vacation resort. While the family was playing around in the shallow water within the facility with their child, a crocodile suddenly came out from the shallow water and dragged an innocent two year old child into the water and killed him. If this great holiday resort had observed the duty of care it owed the thronging visitors, they would have provided the protective barriers that would’ve prevented the crocodile from attacking people. This company also should have set a limit to the interaction that people have with the wild animals in the water within the resort. After this incident, the vacation resort now erected barriers and restraining rails round about the waters with conspicuous and appropriate warning that people should beware of the wild crocodiles in the waters.
Do we realize that we owe a duty of care to our bodies? Most of the time people always assumed that our bodies belong to us, and we can do whatever we like with our bodies. To begin with, our body is a gift from God, the precious way we use our body will exhibit how appreciative we are unto God who had given us the precious gift. “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 KJV) “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2) Your body belongs to God. Your soul and spirit resides in your body. You owe God and your own spirit a duty of care to ensure that your self-styled living does not harm the spirit of God in you. Alcohol and drugs are not vitamin rich. All these recreational life styles and intakes are rude intruders to your system. Failure to observe a duty of care about your body is tantamount to negligence. You have responsibility to protect and guard the gift that God had given you and guard it jealously to ensure that it is not destroyed. Therefore, do not drench your body with alcohol and cause alcohol intoxication that can lead to your untimely death or the death of other people if you are driving under alcohol influence. Please do not destroy your spirit and mind with alcohol or drug. Do everything to ensure that you do not ruin your family or the families of others because of your unguided life styles. Even if you think you are not accountable unto man about the usage of your body, certainly you are accountable unto Almighty God about the way you use your body. The day of accountability is drawing near. Think!
Prayer: O Lord let me walk in the consciousness of your security of love you have made available in the wealth of your wisdom in Jesus name. Let your word be able to restrain me in such a way that I will not hurt anyone and I will not hurt your Holy Spirit that is in me in Jesus name, Amen.