One of the major ways we do good for our brothers and sisters is by serving family members. Then the circle broadens to those we know or are personally acquainted with, especially our family of believers. “So whenever we have a chance, let us do good to everybody but especially to our family of believers” (Galatians 6:10). Our family of believers is composed of the people we know and love and share our lives with. They mostly live near where we live, but some live over there on the other side of the world.
Jesus unequivocally teaches us to love one another, not delegate ministry to a third party. In America, helping those who need help has become a function of government. Our social welfare entitlement programs are mostly enablement programs. They support and reinforce bad behavior by removing or reducing the consequences. So generations have been caught in the squalor and poverty of perpetual welfare.
What the poor in America need more than money, food, clothing and shelter is first hand love and fellowship in the kingdom of God.
In the economy of the kingdom, we are never encouraged give money to some big charity to help pagans. Through charities and ministries we give billions to help alleviate pain around the world and that’s on top of the billions our federal government spends for the cause. None of that counts for the kingdom unless we are personally involved and the recipients are believers. In giving to aid programs, we don’t personally do it for one of Jesus’ brothers or sisters. God does not call or command us to fix the problems of the world. He calls us to love one another in word and deed.
God’s way is much better than third party ways because we personally share His love to help lift brothers and sisters out of ruts and set them on their feet. Whatever we do for one of Jesus’ brothers or sisters no matter how unimportant they seem, we did for Him.
May “our God make you worthy of His calling and by His power accomplish every good thing you decide to do and every and every act prompted by your faith so as to glorify the name of our Lord Jesus among you, and you in Him, according to the love /charis of our God and Lord Jesus Christ" (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12).