Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27
As the people of God, we’re called to love those who are the downtrodden of our society. This includes the homeless, the family-less, and the penny-less. And while many times, these people can be overlooked as we go about our daily lives, it’s crucial the church be at the forefront of caring for them.
Unfortunately, we live in a day and age when this responsibility has been passed off from the church to the state. We live in a society where we look to government, not the church, to meet the needs of the downtrodden in our society.
Paul warns us in Galatians about this very thing…
“Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.”
Paul wanted the early church to understand the importance of reaching out and helping those in need. The Apostle John also concludes that the assistance of those in need by believers runs very close to the heart of God.
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” 1 John 3:17
So whether it’s adoption, working at a homeless shelter, or simply taking time out of your day to love someone who really needs it, find a way to help those in the most need. Show them the love of Christ, and you may just change a life for eternity!
SHOW THE DOWNTRODDEN THE LOVE OF CHRIST,
AND HELP CHANGE LIVES FOR ETERNITY!