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Looking after Church Members

“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” 1 Timothy 5:8

The above Bible verse is referring to how Christians should feel, and behave, in terms of providing for others, and their own household.  Consider what Jesus said at the Sermon of the Mount,

'For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?' Matthew 5:46
Even most unsaved, heathen people are happy to take care of their own household, and take care of those that love them.  In contrast, what does that say for a saved person, a born again Bible believing Christian, who does not take care of their own and their own household!

When we think about our own and our own house, we typically think about our immediate family, and then perhaps some close friends.  It's instinctive to care for our own first, our family, and then to look after our own friends.

But what of the Church?  As born again believers, we become part of a new family - God's family.  As part of this new family, every born again Christian all has brothers and sisters in Christ.  That means, other Christians, other Church members, are family!

So often in Church, people are thinking about themselves.  Thoughts such as; What do I want from my church, What do I want from my Pastor, What place or time of meeting is going to suit me. 

There's an expression, charity begins at home, and it has some truth in the Bible,
'And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?'  Matthew 5:47
Jesus is telling us, that even publicans look after their own, as Christians, we should not just be looking after our own, but looking after everyone!

What hope have we got, when, as a Church family, as a family of brothers and sisters in Christ, if we do not step forward to help our brethren,  If we do not contact them if they live alone, if we do not contact those that are unhappy, or poor, or divorced, or separated, or of ill health, or those who do not appear at Church, especially when it is out of character for them.

If we cannot even look after our own, and spend time to think and care for them, what chance do we have when we step outside to care for others too?

Let's remember that family is not just those within our house, but that family is also our inherited family, which is the family of God, and let us look after our own family, our family in Christ.  For if we cannot look after our own, our own family, our brethren in Christ, what chance have we got of looking after others.  If we cannot look after our own brethren, are we then no better than infidels?
'But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” 1 Timothy 5:8
Sadly, it would seem it could be the case.  None of us are perfect, especially me. But, let us remember that Jesus loves us, and to look after our family, our Church family, and to remember to extend that grace out of the Church building, into the lost and hurting of the world.  The least of our own family, the ones who live alone, the old, the lonely, the divorced, the unemployed, the brokenhearted, and those of the world, looking after our own Christian brethren, and reaching out to the lost with the Gospel and love.
'And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?'  James 2:3






31st October 2017

 

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