How are you living out your faith during Lent?
Are you focusing on trying to get more “blessings” for yourself or asking God to move through you and use you to be a blessing to others?
In James 1:27 it says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
How are you keeping this “religion”? How are you caring for and considering the orphans and widows in your life?
Who are the orphans and widows in your life? They might not be literal orphans or widows, but I am sure there are people you know who feel lost, alone, without hope, without a home. People who have felt loss, perhaps as we have felt loss, are in need and are longing to feel love and wholeness. People who He would call, who we would call, the least of these (Matt 25:31-46).
Consider the “orphans” and “widows” in your world. How are you loving them? How are you sharing Christ with them? How are you BEING the church to them? Research in scripture what God means my orphans and widows and the least of these.
A good resource to use to search scripture: www.biblegateway.com.
Meditate on what you discover or read. Google “orphans and widows.” What comes up? Visit the World Vision website (www.worldvision.org) or the United Methodist Committe on Relief (www.umcor.org). How does that impact your understanding of what God means when He tells us to take care of the least of these? Read the article linked here, what do you want to be known for in your faith walk being a church that “had the wealth to build great sanctuaries but lacked the will to build schools, hospitals, and clinics.” (quote from article)
Consider this. Journal about this. What is God teaching you?
Ask God to help you be a reflection of His love in this world and love the least of these. Perhaps use these words as a prayer:
“My secret is that I need God—that I am sick and can no longer make it alone. I need God to help me give, because I no longer seem to be capable of giving; to help me be kind, as I no longer seem capable of kindness; to help me love, as I seem beyond being able to love.“ - Douglas Coupland, Life After God