Doing Good in the Church

“Here is the place to ask you, my friend, whether you are to the best of your power seeking the wealth of the church in your neighborhood? I trust you are not doing it mischief by bitterness and scandal, nor weakening it by your neglect. Friend, unite with the Lord’s poor, bear their cross, do them all the good you can, and you will not miss your reward.”

C.H. Spurgeon, from Morning & Evening, November 28 (PM)

These words of Spurgeon were prompted by the text concerning Mordecai, of whom it was said, “Seeking the wealth of his people (Esther 10:3).”

We find other Scriptures supporting Spurgeon’s theme here. David writes in Psalm 122:9 “Because of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.” Calvin comments on these words by saying “If the salvation of our brothers is regarded by us as an object of importance, if religion is with us a matter of heart-work, we ought, at the same time, as much as in us lies, to take an interest in the prosperity of the Church.”

It is, therefore, certainly worth pondering if this is true of my own soul, and yours. Are we seeking the wealth of the church? Are we seeking to enrich her in some important way? Maybe some pointed questions would help.

  1. Are we praying for the church and her members? Do we bring their needs before the throne of grace? Are you and I remembering each other to the Lord regularly?
  2. Are we doing something, using some gift God has given us, to serve our church brethren? Do we give even 1 hour in the week to some tangible effort to do good to the body of Christ?
  3. Are we there when the church meets? Or are we, as Spurgeon mentions, “weakening it by your neglect.” Could we go to Sunday school, prayer meeting, the men’s meeting, to evening worship? Have we made an idol of our career such that we cannot spare time for gathering for worship? Does any offer of entertainment or opportunity for doing something else take priority over our Lord’s Day duties?
  4. Do we harbor a secret bitterness on our hearts toward the pastor, elders, members, and thus we collaborate with the Devil in pulling down Christ’s church from within?
  5. Is there nothing more we can do than we are presently doing?

Oh may the Lord make us all seekers of “the wealth of [Christ’s] people!”

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