SICM, Day 3: The Duty of the Watchman

Read Ezekiel 33:6

We as watchmen carry the burden of responsibility for others. In our work, often the lives of those for whom we have responsibility hang in the balance. Thus we must remain vigilant and be diligent in our duties. This is for both for professional as well as spiritual reasons. The first is the legal duty of care mentioned briefly yesterday, the other is that God Himself says He will hold us accountable if we are derelict in our duties.

Keep in mind, when it comes to the safety of those God has put in our charge, we will give account before God himself for any shortcoming in our duties. Of note, while pastors and teachers are warned to expect a “stricter judgement” in James 3:1, a similar accountability is placed on watchmen as “the blood of others will be required from their hands” according to this passage.

Remember, steadfast within the sovereignty of God remains our need for personal responsibility. We MUST do our jobs even when it is tough. If we as security professionals (watchmen) fail to bring our legitimate warnings and concerns to our supervisors or leadership due to fear, neglect, lack of will, politics, etc., the blood of those who are harmed as a result of our shortcoming will be on our hands according to the Word of the Lord.

To be clear, watchmen work as part of a team. Rarely do we make carte blanche decisions on behalf on our organizations. Organizational safety and security officers need to be diligent to report threats, trends, and concerns to their leadership. That way, organizational leaders can make the best security decisions with the most up-to-date and relevant information available.

This can be tough because more than once I have heard missionaries say: “You don’t understand because you are not on the field…” Well, sometimes that may be true and so the watchman needs to endeavor to work with not only headquarters leadership but also the field workers to develop a holistic security process that sharpens the overall organization through cooperation and collaboration on security, rather than being seen as the organization “killjoy” or “roadblock.” This takes both understanding and humility on the part of the security professional. Most of all, it takes time. More than once in my experience I found myself praying Luke 2:52 (that I might grow in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man) as I served one of the largest denominational sending agencies in the USA. I guarantee you will, too.

While the culture of sending organizations can be very different, the principles of security stay the same. The same is true of principles of sanctification (the process of becoming more Christ like). As you serve in security for your organization, may you never forget that, in this position and responsibility, each of us is called to walk with God and look more like Jesus at the end of the process (or the job in this case...) than when we started. I pray that is true in your life as well!


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