Especially Needy Church Members
we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto
them who are of the household of faith. Gal. 6:10
a special sense Christ has laid upon His church the duty of caring for the
needy among its own members. He suffers His poor to be in the borders of every
church. They are always to be among us, and He places upon the members of
the church a personal responsibility to care for them. As the members of a
true family care for one another, ministering to the sick, supporting the
weak, teaching the ignorant, training the inexperienced, so is the “household
of faith” to care for its needy and helpless ones.
It is the duty of each church to make careful, judicious arrangements for
the care of its poor and sick.
Any neglect on the part of those who claim to be followers of Christ, a failure
to relieve the necessities of a brother or a sister who is bearing the yoke
of poverty and oppression, is registered in the books of heaven as shown to
Christ in the person of His saints. What a reckoning the Lord will have with
many, very many, who present the words of Christ to others but fail to manifest
tender sympathy and regard for a brother in the faith who is less fortunate
and successful than themselves.
A true Christian is the poor man’s friend. He deals with his perplexed
and unfortunate brother as one would deal with a delicate, tender, sensitive
plant. God wants His workers to move among the sick and suffering as messengers
of His love and mercy. He is looking upon us, to see how we are treating one
another, whether we are Christlike in our dealing with all, high or low, rich
or poor, free or bond.
There is no question in regard to the Lord’s poor. They are to be helped
in every case where it will be for their benefit.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 53, 54.