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.
Repeatedly in the Bible, we see God instructing his people to care for the needy. But how are they to do this?
Notice it’s not by tossing a few dollars their way and going back to our busy lives. We are to visit them.
The word visit here is more than simply dropping by – it implies a real concern for someone’s total wellbeing. It comes down to using our money and our time to ensure that physical, spiritual, and emotional needs are met.
I know what you’re thinking. Probably the same thing that I’m thinking.
My schedule is already maxed out. I’m trying to be a good dad and husband, I’m trying to have regular devotionals, I’m trying to exercise, I’m trying to serve in my church, I’m trying to bring home the bacon… Do I really have to give of my time?