You will say: The true work of the church of Christ is to preach the gospel. Of course! But even in that we are failing. The work of the church of Christ is not only preaching the gospel, there are other areas in which we also manifest God’s love to the world and I believe that preaching the gospel must be something complete, not a part and abandon the other. The work of the church is also to help the needy!
Sometimes we find ourselves involved in so many activities that do not really belong to the work of the church, we invest a lot of time in activities for ourselves, in embellishing the temple, among many other things, but very rarely do we remember the poor and needy, and we must understand that the world sees us as a place of refuge, not only for their spiritual needs, but also for material needs.
Jesus said the following:
12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.
13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Luke 14: 12-14
I believe that this work should be taken by the church, not only as a group, but also by each one of us as individuals to help those most in need, because it is not a great task to give the one who already has to expect a reward. It is very different to give to the one who does not have and to know that you will possibly never receive any material reward, why? because when we give to the one who does not have we do not expect anything back, because that person is poor.
If we do this as a church, then Christ calls us blessed, we are called blessed, and the most important thing is that we have a guaranteed reward in doing this, and it is not an earthly, rather a heavenly reward.
Dear reader, I urge you that as long as you can bless the most needy, and show them the love of the Father and in this way you will be doing a great work.