Many congregations of the Lord’s church are cutting programs and spending this year because of the current economy.
Membership and contributions are falling and the prevailing thinking is that we need to do less. But while that probably is the inclination, we are instructed as Christians to do more.
Jesus said, “For I say unto you, that except your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven,” (Matthew 5:20). We must do more.
We may see the same thingl in Romans 12:13-15. Not only are we to care for those who are members of the church, we must “pursue or hunt opportunities” (meaning of the word “given”) to help those we don’t know (meaning of the word, “hospitality”). We must do more.
We must bless them that persecute us, which means we must do more. We cannot deal retribution as the world does. Our faith in Christ leads us to bless those who curse us (Matthew 5:43-48). This means sharing our love must not include just those who love us, but also those who hate or oppose us.
And our desire to celebrate with those who rejoice must not end there. We must also be willing to comfort those who are weeping and weep with them. We must do more.
In our journey to heaven are we as devoted to God and each other as we should be? Are we willing to share ourselves and our love with the unlovely and help those who are suffering? Are we ready to do more?