1 Cor 16

Scripture:

[1]Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do.

Observation:

I believe Paul is telling Christians to bear the burden of taking care of other Christians in need. That would mean not depending in any government authority to do so.

Application:

We, as Christians, should not rely on our governments to provide for the truly needy. Biblically, and in glorifying God, we have an obligation to care for the needy. We have further obligation to examine the conduct of those to whom we provide support.

Who should we care for? The bible is clear.
We are to care for those who are truly needy, with churches and ministries discerning need.
We are to care for those who cannot take care of themselves. That is, they can’t work.
We are to support orphans and widows.
We are to care for those that have no family to care for them.

How do we care for people in need?
Care for them directly or contribute to churches and ministries who care for the indigent. Especially those caring for indigent Christians.

Prayer:

Lord give me good discernment in caring for your people. Help me know when to help and how to help. Help me stay active and not leave it so governments or “someone else” to care for those who are truly in need. Let me do my part as you will for me and to glorify you in all I do. In Jesus’ holy name I pray, amen.