Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. 1 Timothy 5:5
I was writing my son, Tim this morning and I thought of this verse. I thought of it because of what was going on in regions where Christ’s death, burial and resurrection was preached and souls were being saved. What most people don’t hear is the consequences of faith in Jesus Christ. Many families turned out (chased the believers off) into the streets. Receiving Jesus as their Savior came at a price. Faith meant people had no where to go, no place to stay and some even died.
It was then the local church really became a family. In the case of the elderly woman if she was found to be a widow INDEED the church stepped in to help her. In other words she had no family, no husband and no one to turn to. The church really proved itself to be her family. I am not talking of a commune, I am speaking of families taking in others to help them with their faith and life. Aquila and Priscilla took in Apollos and taught him the full truth of Jesus. Paul made mention how that many churches came to his aid and took him in. Even Jesus sent out the apostles with the words of “If you are received…”
A true body of believers needs to demonstrate what they means. We are a body and the body needs to care for itself as a family. There are many who want to see Christ living in you. Let me give you an example. There was a man who grew up in a motorcycle gang. The Lord saved him. He was so excited to leave the life he was in to be in the new life of Christ. At first, he was very faithful to attend the services, but soon realized that the talk of loving one another was just talk. Before long, he went back to the motorcycle gang. When approached he said, “At least with the gang I know who has my back and will be with me no matter what.”
We need to stop telling people how to live for Christ and show them how to live for Christ. People want to see real faith and we have it. Let’s stop being Sunday morning believers and be believers all the time. Savvy?
Just a thought