You…not your money

James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

I had always thought of this verse as referring to the physical need the widow and orphan would be in because of not having a husband/father in the household. But the verse doesn’t tell us to give them money or even any type of physical thing. It says to visit them.  Not just throw our money at them (like we can be so accustomed to doing because it’s easy) but giving some of our life to them.

Visit (Strongs #1980) means to look upon or after, to inspect, examine with the eyes in order to see how he is, i.e. to visit, go to see one; to look upon in order to help or to benefit

This verse doesn’t exclude helping in physical ways, but it involves so much more. Go see them, care for them, be with them.  Give them the most valuable thing you possess – your time.

Oh brethren, I fear that we have become content with demonstrations of love that are far below that which Christ intended.