“If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?” – 1 John 3:17 (NLT)
What would it look like if we were truly taking care of the body as we were called to do in the bible? No one would have a need. I’m not talking governmental socialism or Marxist communism where all are forced to have the same things but I mean true biblical equality. I do not believe that Christians today MUST hold everything in common, but we MUST hold everything with a loose grip. Every day there are needs within the body that go unattended. Are we doing this right? Am I doing this right?
Our tendency is to say, “Well what can I do with what I have?” and the answer may be “not much!” But the real question should be, “What can we do with what we have?” Every church should have a “needs board” if they don’t have one already. Whether that be a physical reality (bulletin board at church) or virtual manifestation (email/social networking/website etc), we need to be about the business of caring for the body.
I am certain that many churches are doing this already, but imagine it’s probably just for the “big” stuff. things like helping so-and-so move into their new home, or perhaps even buying some groceries once for a certain family. But what if we started to live the way we were called to? What if all of us dropped the barriers of pride, realized we all have needs and ways to help those needs, and became the church that we are supposed to be? If we see the need yet do nothing, how can the love of God exist in us?