“Don’t neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.” (Hebrews 16:13 HCSB)
How are we doing with this? Are we being intentional about looking for members of our churches who are in need in order to help them? God, through the Apostle Paul, commands us to meet the needs of those who are in the faith, first, then care for those outside the faith:
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith (Galatians 6:10. HCSB).”
We may not know of anyone in our churches who are in need, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anyone in need, especially the elderly. If we don’t know of anyone in need, it’s because we are not looking for them and encouraging them to let someone know of their need. Some people will not speak up because of their pride, or for fear that they will be judged. We must let them know that we love them and that they don’t have to fear us. We are family and, as part of God’s family, we are to love and care for one another. Jesus said:
“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35 HCSB).”
Do our personal and church budgets have a benevolence category in them, or have we omitted them? If they do, what percentage of our income is designated for benevolence? Doing good and sharing what God has given us is not a suggestion, but a command. Part of being a Christians is living our lives for the benefit of others. Of course our families come first, but we should set aside resources that will help others.
- how will we obey today’s Scriptures?
- With whom will we share today’s Scriptures?
- With whom will we share the story of our salvation and the story of what Jesus has done for us?
In Christ’s love,