“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.”
When was the last time you went to visit a widow or help take care of an orphan? Recently, I’ve been convicted of having an entitled attitude before the Lord. Jesus didn’t come to be served but to serve. The majority of the time, I don’t walk into a new environment thinking, “How can I be of service?” (Big shoutout to all of the acts-of-service people out there!) Unfortunately, my first thoughts tend to be about me! “What will I get out of this, LORD?” When I read this verse, it challenges me to think outside of myself. How can I be stepping in to fill needs in my community? Do my friends need fervent prayer? Can I volunteer with a local ministry? Should I send financial support to missions overseas? The opportunities to be a vessel of provision for the Lord are endless! Before you rush off to sign up for the next feeding of the homeless, ask the LORD to show you where He needs you.
"HOW CAN I STEP IN TO FILL NEEDS IN MY COMMUNITY?"
LORD, thank you for sustaining me in my hour of need. You are so gracious and giving to your children. Please forgive me for having a selfish heart. Please give me a desire to serve. Show me where you want me, Lord, and I’ll go! Everything I have belongs to you, and I am entitled to nothing.