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11/13/2013

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The Constancy Of Needs


"Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain..... Don't you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar?" (1 Cor.9:9, 13)

Jesus was quoting from Deut.15:11 when he said these words: "You will always have the poor among you" Now within the context, He finished the statement by adding, "but you will not always have me." This not withstanding, this admonition is found in three of the gospels. (Matt.26:11, Mk.14:7, Jn.12:8)... Jesus must have wanted us to realize the constancy of needs. Some needs are constant, and we cannot possibly address all of them. Benevolent work is long-term. There will always be someone who needs some of the food that our churches collect in our food-banks. There is no vacation from preaching the gospel either. The need for a facility in which to preach, teach, and fellowship goes on week after week after week.... Unless I missed something, there is no "church treasury" explicitly mentioned in the New Testament, but its close.... "each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made" (1 Cor.16:2). This seems clear that churches were to have common funds in that no collections were to be made and almost seems like a treasury... What do you think? Many of the ways that the church worships in assembly are also appropriate for us as individuals. We may possibly offer praise to God in song privately, and most certainly offer prayers to the Lord on our own. In a similar fashion, with giving being a part of public worship, it is not solely restricted as such. Generosity ought to be stimulated and priorities readjusted when believers see one another giving so that the cause of Christ may prosper. The suggestion of "stimulating one another toward love and good deeds" found in Heb.10:24, should not be only inclusive of the assembly, but a part of our private worship as well. When we know that other good people are giving, it ought to light a fire within us also. Since there is a constancy of needs, why don't each of us set the tone for others... Lets strive to be those examples of giving that stimulate others.... Its a great beginning that really has no ending...

Have a great day... Make your small part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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