Are you a Christian? Do you love Jesus? Well, if you are reading this, I think we already know the answer to that question.
But what does it really mean to be a Christian? When you go to the grocery store with your mom or dad, can the cashier tell if you are a Christian? Maybe or maybe not, but the Bible does talk about what real religion—or what being a real Christian—is all about. Let’s read about it.
James 1:27 says, “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”
This verse in the New Testament tells us just what God thinks real religion is. Did you catch it? Real religion means taking care of orphans or widows when they are in need. Real religion is helping people who have no one else to help them.
Orphans—children without a mom or a dad—need our help! They can’t pay us back for our help, either. When you help an orphan, you are doing it out of love—Christian love. God calls this real religion.
Just a little while ago, there were two big earthquakes: One in Haiti and the other in Chile. The earth shook so hard that buildings came tumbling to the ground. It was terrible.
Many people died, and many others were hurt. The children, women and men who survived had trouble finding clean water, food and medicine. Many parents died, and their children became orphans.
These were terrible tragedies, but thankfully there were many people across the world who gathered together to help their brothers and sisters in Haiti and Chile. Many people gave money. Others got on planes and ships and took water, food and medicine to them. Doctors put casts on broken legs, and missionaries helped children find families to care for them. It was real religion in action.
Today, put your real religion into action and make it a wonderful new day—a new day with Jesus!