“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)
At the end of the day, the greatest measure of our faith is not the things we accomplish, naturally or supernaturally, but our care for those who cannot care for themselves. The Apostle Paul said it this way, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-2, ESV)
In a world where power impresses, it’s easy to overlook the simple, yet sacrificial, act of loving others. Visiting the lonely, sitting by hospital beds, and seeing to the needs of the afflicted are not glamourous. It will not win Academy Awards, and will hardly be noticed for applause. These actions do not promote grand experiences. But, it is only in our care for others will the true faith of our hearts be seen.
Simple concept, but very difficult to make a priority. May the Lord grant us eyes to see what we’ve never seen before.