As a Church, we are called to a higher standard. It is our ministry to assist those in need. But, it is also our birthright to care for our own. Often times in an entitlement society, we forget that first and foremost, we dive in and care for our own. As a home, we care for our own families as best we can. As we give, the Lord provides. As a community, the church dives in and helps those in need without judging or expectation. Finally, we as a body continue to encourage people to embrace life and never give up.
When people lose what is important to them, spouse, career, health or home–it is easy for them to give up and just withdraw from life. The family of God is charged, not only with meeting the person’s physical needs, but, also with coming along side and helping them to start again. Without the spiritual component, we would simply warehouse those whose circumstances have devastated them.
But, we know that he who has begun a good work in us; will carry it to completion until Christ returns. Phil 1:6. As a body, the church remains available and accountable to restore and release people to complete their Christ centered mission–sometimes that means support, sometimes that means encouragement–but, at all times it means we never abandon our own. Charity starts at home, and we are the home of the family of Christ.
God Bless You
Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. 4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. 5 The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. 6 But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. 7 Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame. 8 Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.9 No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, 10 and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.