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Dash of Salt 009 - Service: The Mark of Worthwhile Religion

James 1:27 NIV

The Bible 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.”

Just a Dash

Have you ever been so distressed that you could hardly stand on your own? Maybe you were so burdened by circumstances that you didn't have the energy to show up for yourself, let alone others who depended on you. If so, then you know what’s it’s like to need someone to show up and be there for you.

In this passage, Peter suggests that an active religion is marked by rendering service to others. In this case, widows and orphans would represent a vulnerable population of people who have lost the person in their life who provided support and stability. This verse shows us being there for them right in the middle of their trials. To visit, or to show up for others, requires personal contact, which means we are willing to leave where we are and position ourselves to be invited into the lives of others during some of their most challenging times. Personal contact is standing beside others on the front lines of their personal wars, and although it's tough, it is a cornerstone of ministry. In his own ministry, Jesus made personal contact in innumerable ways, including putting on human flesh to live among men. He was a teacher, he healed the sick, made house calls and positioned himself to consistently be of service to those who would follow him. In our own ministries, personal contact requires us to show up for others and touch them with our influence. It requires that we are of service to others, which may be extending a helping hand, being a prayer partner, being a source of comfort, teaching, or any other act that allows us to reach someone else through the way we interact with them.

There are many times that call for Christians to show up for others who desperately need us, and it’s in those times that we demonstrate our faith in a way that is acceptable to God.

A Pinch More

Someone you know is fighting a personal war (perhaps spiritually or emotionally) and they need someone willing to stand on the front lines with them. How can you position yourself to be invited into a position of service to them?

This week, visit someone who is in need of spiritual, physical or emotional care that could benefit from your servanthood. If you can’t physically visit, be sure and give them a call, send a text, email or write a personal letter. What’s important is that you make contact.

Origin Date: 4 March 2019

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