Pure and unblemished religion [as it is expressed in outward acts] in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit and look after the fatherless and the widows in their distress, and to keep oneself uncontaminated by the [secular] world. James 1:27 AMP
In the past two years, many people had to examine their philosophy. Everything changed; the value system that was in place over the years was reexamined. Things that seemed important were not as important as they used to be. The same happened when people examined their relationships with those around them; they had to interact with each other differently.
The Apostle James sent a letter to the church community to address some of the issues that were happening there. When there is any issue that affects people, the fatherless and widows usually experience hardship. But, people of faith have a different set of values to live by. We are called to serve others. It is no longer popular to serve but Jesus Christ was the role model for us. Luke 22:27 NLT says, “Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.” Jesus lived a life of service; in fact, He came to serve.
When the fatherless and widows are left unattended, we are not living out our true calling because those actions don’t align with those of Jesus Christ. Service requires love for God and love for others; in other words, you must love your neighbor as yourself. Then it becomes easy to express your religion, that is, your worship of God through your actions. That should cause us to pause and think about our actions or lack of them.
Salvation is not based on works but your salvation should impact your actions. In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus told a parable about how different people responded to someone in distress. This man was the victim of an assault and he lay motionless on the side of the road. Some religious folk went by but they were not people who worshipped God with their actions, so the left him there and did not offer any help. Then, a Samaritan came by and he stopped. He was not the individual anyone identified as a worshiper, but he demonstrated love for God and love for others; he took care of the man and paid an inn keeper to attend to his needs. You see, you can’t love God without serving others.
Thought for Today: Friend, worship God through your actions.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.