James, a follower of Jesus, once said that true religion, that is one that has meaning and purpose, is connected to our care of the orphans and widows. Jesus was clear that children have a special place in his kingdom, calling them to himself and blessing them. “Unless you become as a child,” Jesus said, “you shall not be a part of God’s kingdom.”
Jesus taught that true disciples are those who take seriously the task of feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, offering a cup of cool water in his name, and visiting the sick and those in prison. Later on, a disciple named Paul would tell folks that they should bear one another’s burdens as that was a primary way of following the law of Christ.
To be a disciple of Jesus Christ is to be someone who strives to pattern their lives after the teaching and example of Jesus. The central teaching of Jesus which guides all we do is his Great Commandment: To love the God with all of our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength; and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.