Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Romans 12:13 ESV
When I read this verse I'm reminded just how much of a family the church is supposed to be. We are to look after one another and build relationships with one another. Paul wasn't bringing up a new idea for the church. The church had been functioning this way since the early days in Jerusalem. (Acts 2:42-47)
We as members of the body of Christ are to care for each others needs whether they be physical, social or spiritual. We are a body and we are to function as such, all parts supporting one another.
Paul touches on two very important things in this verse. Needs of the saints and hospitality toward the saints. We as members of the body need to help and support others as the need arises. There will be times when some of us are blessed materially while others are in need. We should share our abundance with those that are in need. After all, whatever we have is a blessing from God. We should bless others as we have been blessed.
Paul says “seek to show hospitality”. In other words, look for ways to be hospitable to the members of the body. When we show hospitality, we show others that they matter to us and that we want them around. Spending time with members of the body outside times of worship builds relationships. Being hospitable is opening up your heart and home to others. When we do this for each other bonds are formed and the body is strengthened.
Wherever this kind of care is practiced in a congregation you see a healthy body of believers. One simple verse put into practice can do so much. Let's put it into practice.
© 2012 Leo J. Woodman