If you’ve been in a Southern Baptist church for long, you’re more than likely familiar with our call and commitment to serving orphans and widows. On November 1, Orphans and Widows Sunday, Southern Baptist churches across the country will remember our mandate to practice James 1:27 throughout the year. Not only that, but November is Adoption Awareness Month. With such a large emphasis on serving widows and orphans this month, here are three ways a believer can be mindful of them throughout the year.
1. BE CLOSE TO THE BROKENHEARTED
Scripture tells us clearly that God is close to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). Those of us who choose to imitate Christ know that we should be close to the brokenhearted as well.
Last year our neighbor’s husband had a medical emergency; sadly, he did not survive. In the following weeks, we saw her local church show up and draw near. There was rarely a night when we didn’t see cars in her driveway, with someone bringing a meal over or just sitting with her. My husband remarked, “It does my heart good seeing that front door open so often.”
The local church has the profound opportunity to be near to the brokenhearted over a long period of time. Whereas it is hard for one individual to carry the weight of being near all the time, there is strength and stability when a group of people dedicate themselves to those who are suffering, whether widows in our communities or children placed in foster care.
2. PRACTICE A LIFESTYLE OF SERVICE
Throughout the New Testament we are called to a lifestyle of service. Philippians 2:3–4 tells us that we’re to do nothing out of selfish ambition and are to look to the interests of others. Galatians 5:13 encourages us to not use our freedom for our flesh, but to serve one another humbly in love. And 1 Peter 4:10 says that whatever gifts we have should be used to serve others.
When we look at Scripture, it is undeniable that serving those in need is a critical part of the believer’s life. And so, we don’t merely give lip service to orphans and widows this Sunday; we find ways to serve them throughout the year and practice the biblical call to a lifestyle of service.
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Source: Baptist Press