Have you ever heard the phrase “The church is a verb, not a noun”? That’s something that I believe, and a concept that I think the church as a whole has fallen short of. I think that most people see the church as a group of “perfect” people who only let in other “perfect” or “good” people. But in reality, Jesus came to seek and save the lost, and that should be our goal too.
One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Acts 2:45-47:
“And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
The Apostles sold their own possessions so that they could bless someone else, so they could meet someone else’s need. I’m not saying that we all need to go and sell everything we own, but, especially this time of year, I’m sure that we could meet someone’s need. Whether that means just buying them a hot meal, or buying a gift for a child whose parent can’t afford it. Donating alms to the alms room at the church. If you know a family member that’s struggling, then help them. There are practical ways that we as Christians can be generous, and show the love of Christ to people who are hurting and struggling.
I recently heard someone say “You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving”. Jesus has commanded us to love people, that’s the second greatest commandment! It’s just fine to say that you love other people, but put that love into action. And let me tell you a secret, I need a lot of work in this area too. I’m starting to pray and ask that God will show me where I can do more, and to show me people that are hurting so that I can be a blessing to them. I hope that’s your prayer too.
So, I’m not even going to ask you a question, I know we all can do more, so I’ll just say: Git ‘er Done!