This encouraging word is connected to the previous part, “Make friends of God’s children;”. However, I don’t think we can limit the role of God’s people to just helping fellow believers. No doubt, that is a good place to start. Most congregations will find there are weak members in their midst if they just look.
In our modern society there are many believers who’s faith is weak and hearts are troubled. The world, as we’ve heard, is too much with us. It’s demands are mostly contrary to the believer’s way of life and the constant bombardment of those demands often leave the believer struggling with their faith.
Paul was quick to recognize this and in his letter to the Galatians he reminded them to, “Bear one another’s burdens and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:2). This closely followed his admonition to restore the brother or sister caught in a trespass. Paul said this had great practical application because he became weak to the weak to win the weak to Jesus (1 Cor. 9:22).
One of Paul’s most famous quotes from the words of Jesus, one we might otherwise not know concerned the weak. Paul said he worked hard to show us that we should help the weak. Not the reason we usually think for working and earning money but it is a Biblical reason. Paul connected the idea with the words he brings from Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35).
Why don’t we start this week off with the purpose of helping those who are weak. If we look I am sure we will find someone who needs our help. They may need an arm around them or they may need a box of groceries. They may need our gentle admonition or they may need an encouraging word for the progress they are making.
I’m writing this to those who are spiritual. If you are spiritually strong look to others and not yourself. This week be the minister of Jesus to the weak he loves so dear.