Are you washed?

“Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow” (Isaiah 1:16-17 NIV).

This is a rough scripture for a child of God to read.  However, it applies to anyone who is not clean in thought, word (the kind of words that come out of your mouth), or in one’s actions. The book of James addresses what pure religion is, “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” (1:27 NIV).

It is our calling to defend the oppressed, to look after widows in their time of need and orphans.  So, my thought questions for today are these?

Are the widows and fatherless of your congregation and neighboring communities being taken care of?
Is it something that is only done at Thanksgiving and or Christmas or is it an everyday thing?
When someone is a shut in – cannot get to church – who visits with them to make sure that they are not left alone to brood over their malady.When left to feel as if one is alone in the world that leads to deep depression!
What do we as the body of Christ do about the injustices that exist in our communities, state, and nation?
This is a new year and time for us to begin thinking about living as renewed and transformed people.  If our speech and actions line up with the speech and actions of the unchurched world then, this scripture is our warning from The Lord God Almighty.  If we are living the word of James 1:27 it is a reminder that we should continue in our good works and not to be weary in well-doing.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bueller
    Jan 07, 2015 @ 18:09:37

    This is actually a spot on devotional today. I was talking with my daughter Heather and she told me that one person has been trying to get someone to feed the elderly so the nurse who goes around to see them doesn’t have to take frozen dinners with her. She said one gentleman continually asks the community center folks if they would do it….they get reimbursed for whatever the meals cost. But no one wants to take that on. I know they even spoke to the owner of the cafe to see if she would be willing to feed those who need hot meals and she would be reimbursed whatever the difference is between what they are charged and the actual cost of the meal. They want something that would cost about $5 for the elderly and alone and reimbursement would take place for whatever the actual cost is. I have been giving it much thought as to how it could feasibly be done at the community center on a daily basis. It is certainly something I intend to explore further. This area has so many elderly who can get around but don’t if they have no where to go. Interesting you wrote this a couple days ago and I just read it today after the discussion I had with Heather.


  2. Joyce
    Jan 09, 2015 @ 14:07:10

    You may be right in your explorations Bueller. I know that you are called to serve. So, use the gifts that God has given you to help others. It is so needed. I want to help the homeless. I don’t know how. God will give me a clearer picture when he is ready!


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