Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Theme: The Relevant Church
Topic: The People-Focused Church
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
A relevant church is a people-focused church. The teachings of the Lord Jesus emphasised the need for the Church to be people-focused. Human needs should attract the attention of churches. Food, water and shelter must find their way into our practices and teachings. People’s spiritual needs come first but their physical needs should not be neglected (Matthew 23:23).
The story of the Good Samaritan remains one of the most popular stories Jesus Christ told in His earthly life. He stated clearly that our willingness to touch people where they hurt most is more important than our religious pretences. The priest and the Levite were religious but lacked compassion towards the wounded man. Our Lord drove a strong point home that physical and practical assistance to people is an integral part of the practice of godliness.
The series of activities the Good Samaritan undertook to help the wounded man did not include the things we normally regard as spiritual activities. He did not quote the Scriptures at the man as he lay on the ground bleeding. The Good Samaritan did not pray for him in other tongues. He did not call angels to come to his assistance. He provided medication, transportation, care and financial support (Luke 10:34-35). This attitude should govern what we do for one another in church and how we touch the world. It is simply not enough to do only the things we consider spiritual and ignore the acts of mercy and love.
1. Pray for yourself that you will become People-Focused.
2. Pray also for your church that you will be People-Focused.
“Building a Solid Church” by Eastwood Anaba
(e-books available at www.amazon.com)