Words from the Heart for Wednesday November 24th, 2021

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Galatians 6:10 (NIV)

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Opportunity

In June 2021, there were more than 800,000 job vacancies in Canada. And yet, Canada’s unemployment rate in July was still sitting at 7.5 per cent, significantly higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of job vacancies across the country jumped by a staggering 22 per cent between May and June as the economy reopened, according to a recent report by RBC. Most of the unfilled positions are in food services, health care and the retail industry.

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It has been said that the Church is the only group that was created for those who are not yet a part of it. So much of what we do is to reach those with the love of Jesus who are not yet followers of His. While this is what the Bible calls us to do, we can’t forget that charity begins at home. Paul writes this in Galatians 6:10: “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” In the early church, the apostles noticed that everyone was so busy spreading the Gospel, no one was caring for the widows and orphans. So they appointed deacons and deaconesses who would focus on taking care of the needy within the fellowship of believers. One of the marks of a healthy church is that they genuinely care for those within the church who are needy. This is a great testimony to those who are not yet Christians – they need to be amazed at how these followers of Jesus take care of each other. Is this happening in your church? Is it marked by love and compassion? If not, take the initiative to care for others.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley