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
The true work of the church of Christ
It is a true responsibility for us Christians to help needy people we can find everywhere.
This is a cause the Church must support too when it comes to managing the offerings that the Congregation receive from members of the community.
We must not complaint about this obligation—which we have as the church of Christ—, but rather we should ask everyone’s support so that this social help can indeed be given among needy people.
If we do this or try to help others according to our possibilities, we put Jesus’s teaching into practice, as we read in the gospel of Luke, chapter 14, verses 12-14:
“But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
We must not forget to do our good works out of love, by charity, so that we will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.
The apostle Paul tells us:
“And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profits me nothing.”
(1 Corinthians 13:3