Seeing To One Another

Ever since Cain tried to evade God’s questioning concerning the whereabouts of his brother (Genesis 4:9) people have tried to absolve themselves of the welfare of others. Yet God makes clear that we are one another’s responsibility (Matthew 25:31-46; Hebrews 12:15; 13:1-2). Caring for and seeing to the welfare of every member is a duty specifically given to the elders of the church. This is why they are referred to as shepherds (Acts 20:28; Eph.4:11; 1 Peter 5:1-4). A shepherd’s responsibility is not just the flock at large but each individual sheep (Luke 15:4).

But each of us also has a responsibility to care for each other. And I’d like to encourage each of us to give greater attention to this work. The Bible says that part of pure and undefiled religion is to visit widows [and widowers] in their affliction (James 4:27). Most of the time the only way we are going to know if they have any affliction is if we are regularly visiting them. We have several widows and widowers and some married elderly who need to be seen about and visited. You can make it your full-time ministry to see to all of them regularly. But it would be much more feasible if each of us would take one or two of these households as our personal responsibility. The most sensible approach would be if every member regularly checked on those that live closest to them. We may be asking God to “lead me to some soul today” while those that God is trying to lead us to are right in our neighborhood. This is not the preacher’s responsibility. This is every Christian’s responsibility. Let’s make sure that if anyone is left alone, it is only when we have personally made the sincere and sustained effort to see to them and they have made it clear that they wish to be left alone.

The church’s business is people. And the church’s particular business is her people (Gal.6:10).

Brad Fry

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