My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Remember the Poor!
They only asked us to remember the poor—the very thing I also was eager to do.
(Galatians 2:10 NASB)
Paul had gone to Jerusalem to have a meeting with the leaders of
the Church. It was an important meeting as they were discussing the
foundational "rules" for Christianity. The big discussion revolved
around the practice of circumcision. If a Greek, who was not Jewish,
became a believer, would he have to be circumcised. It was all about
following the rules or the laws. Finally, after much prayer and
discussion the report came back that this was not a priority. The only
priority which Paul was given was to "remember the poor."
At times I think we fail to realize that ministering to the poor
was the number one priority of the early church. As we can see in this
situation with Paul, even the personal concerns, or concerns over
personal holiness took a back seat to ministering to the poor.
During the years of the Russian Empire, Peter the Great had a
squabble with the Patriarch Nikon. Nikon overreached in his desire to
have power. Peter decided he would clip the wings of Nikon, and the
entire church. He decided the one of the best ways to reduce the
Church's influence was to make charitable work illegal. No longer could
the Church run the hospitals, schools, or minister to the poor. The
Church lost its influence on the daily life of society and eventually
this left such a vacuum that the government was able to completely take
over and the result was seventy years of communism.
We, the Church, God's people, must remember that our calling is to
love God, and then to love our neighbors, no matter their economic
status. The Church cannot forget her mission and calling to the poor,
for when we do, others without a motivation of love, will rise up in her
Lord, may I be sensitive to the world around me and its needs -- and give me wisdom to know how to respond. Amen.