THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, March 22, 2019
Theme: Grow Up
Topic: Answer to Need
Isaiah 58:1-7; Acts 4:30-35
33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,
The Church is not adequately represented on the world stage when it comes to providing answers to the material needs of society. We must grow up in our capacity to dispense human intervention. The story of the early Church teaches us to add helping the needy to our spirituality. When the number of believers grew, the apostles committed themselves to prayer and the Word - spirituality - and still have the needed attention to the material sustenance of the needy by setting people over those issues (Acts 6:1-4).
Some well meaning believers have spiritualised the help they can offer so much so that they have completely neglected material help. Poverty is a major problem in the world. Instead of the vague teaching on prosperity, the Church must find practical ways of dealing with poverty in the church and the society as a whole. It is not enough to say heaven is the home of believers – life on earth must be fulfilling.
Isaiah challenged the people of Israel to incorporate assistance to the poor and needy in their religious practices like fasting and prayer (Isaiah 58:6-7). While we pray for divine intervention, we must execute human intervention. Giving food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless and clothing the naked is part of pure religion. It is sad that in many churches even the poor among them are neglected.
1. Pray that you will be adequately resourced to help someone in need.
2. Pray also for the Church that it will be materially blessed to be a blessing to society.
“Building a Solid Church” by Eastwood Anaba
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