In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35
There are several indicators of practical wisdom in this one verse from the Book of the Acts.
- Helping the weak is something that we learn to do and fashion together as community. It’s not just individual choice. Christian community first shaped itself to be in the world–helping the weak. That is revolutionary and prophetic to American culture where we shame, deplore, castigate, blame and despise anyone who appears to be weak in any way.
- Community shaping itself to help the weak is the living memory of Jesus. A direct claim. We take this posture toward the weak as a direct extension of Jesus himself. Disdain for the weak is anti-Christ.
- The terms are simple. Giving is better than receiving. No conditions like: as long as I like the people I give to; they aren’t lazy; they are “our kind;” I know they will appreciate what I give.
Help the weak. Giving is good.