Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Compassion

Submitted by David Miller
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Matthew 9:36
Motivation is one of the most important things about the person whom God will use. If you don't are not motivated, you are not going to do anything.

When it comes to sharing our faith and reaching out to others with the gospel, we offer up a plethora of excuses as to why we cannot do it. But in all honesty, the reason Christians are not sharing their faith is we don't want to be bothered with it. We lack a simple, basic burden and concern.

Let's see what motivated Jesus when He saw the needs of the people:

But when Jesus saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." (Matthew 9:36–37)

You can see this pattern of compassion throughout the ministry of Jesus. He saw the people's deepest need. He saw where they were hurting the most. He saw behind the fa├žade. He saw the real cry of the heart. He saw them as sheep without a shepherd, and He had compassion on them.

So many times, we tend to get caught up in the “rush” of life.  Soccer games, select softball, work, and ministry (yes, I said ministry) that we fail to exercise true compassion to those who are around us.  We become angry at those who annoy us, bitter towards those who have wronged us, and distance to those who do not necessarily share on own views.  Outreach becomes more of hassle than a drive.  Church attendance becomes routine rather than “entering His courts with praise”.  The reality is that Christ called us to be compassionate towards others just as He so perfectly laid an example out for us to follow.  Our ability to reach others and to make a “kingdom impression” in our families and our communities is directly related to the amount of Christ-centered compassion that we have for others.  After all, love is of God and we that know Him, know love.  From this love, true compassion is born. 

If God is going to use you in any capacity, you will have to develop compassion for the lost. After all, isn't it God's objective to conform us into the image of His own Son?
 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13:35 (NIV)

Remember that the Bible says, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5). We should seek to imitate the Lord and have that compassion, too.

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