Galatians 2:6-10 is a wonderful account of a meeting and conversation been Peter, James, John and Paul. What a privilege to read about a conversation between the men who had walked and talked with Jesus, and Paul who had had a personal encounter with Him and was working out the call on his life that came with that.
Paul comments that these men, considered to be pillars of the early church, did not add anything to his message which was the Gospel.
However, in the meeting they did agree with his call to preach to the Gentiles as Peter was called to preach to the Jews. They offered fellowship and agreed with the work Paul was doing.
Finally, they made one request that Paul was happy to comply with, and because it was the final comment on the conversation I believe we should see it as worth our serious consideration.
Galatians 2:10 reads:
All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.
If this was so important to the pillars of the early church, and to the apostles chosen by Jesus Himself, surely this should remain of great importance to us today.
Does the church today hold this request to be equally important, and do we who call ourselves Christians as these men also did, consider that the one thing we should continue to do is remember the poor?
If this was important in the very foundations of Christianity and the church, surely it should remain as fundamentally important in our function today?
Is this a plumbline for us in this day and age, and if so, what are we doing about it, individually and corporately?