In my previous post, I talked about Jesus focusing on His ministry & the work His Father wanted Him to do. Jesus didn’t get caught up in government issues. I would think He cared about the things going on around Him. He just didn’t waste His time or energy on it. Instead, He took care of the people & developed leaders that would carry on when He was gone. And carry on they did!
As the verse above shows, the early, very early church did many good works in the community. They took care of the people that needed their help & they didn’t care if they were followers of Jesus or not. In fact, when the church leaders decided to install deacons to minister to the needs of the people, one requirement they had was that some of them needed to speak Greek. This enabled deacons to minister to Gentiles. They ministered to ANYONE THAT NEEDED HELP!
The Apostles got busy right away providing services to those in need. They didn’t sit around talking it to death. When they saw a need, they found a way to take care of it. AND THEIR NUMBERS GREW! The actions of the early church led to tremendous church growth. Yes, the teachings were powerful too. However, those teaching weren’t just empty words. They backed the words up with action, with good works.
As Jesus ascended, He instructed His followers to “Teach them all I have SHOWN you!” He wanted them to know that His teachings, His words were important but His ACTIONS were the most important thing for them to remember & share. The way He healed the sick. The way He fed the hungry. The way He treated people of other nations & beliefs. The respect He showed to women. Love God. Love your neighbor. Very simple.
And remember, charity was not an accepted practice in the days of the early church. Providing for those in need was unheard of. The Roman government provided no services yet they collected a lot of tax dollars from the people. People in need just suffered until Jesus changed all that. And then He told His disciples to continue His work.
So, perhaps these days we need a little less conversation & a little more action. Time to quit bickering. Time to quit discussing things. Time to quit complaining. Let’s get busy doing the very thing Jesus asked of us & let God take care of the rest.