A Christian is someone who desires to be Christ like and to be His manifestation in the earth. A true Christian should depict the life and teachings of Jesus so closely that there is no question who you are representing.
We believe that getting up going to church, singing in the choir, and praying in public displays our Christianity, but nothing could be further from the truth. However, your level of compassion for others is a telltale indicator.
Over and over in scriptures we read how Jesus had compassion on the multitudes. The multitudes were filled with all sort of people with any kind of disease, anguish, depression and hopelessness. Our Lord and savior cared about them all just as he cares for us today.
He was concerned about their hunger in Matthew 15:32 King James Version (KJV) 32 “Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.” Today he is concerned with our physical hunger as well as spiritual starvation. He is so good in that He sees to it that we have multiple ways to feed our spirit (this blog being a feeder as well).
Matthew 18 tells of a story of a certain king, who had servants. As he reviewed their accounts one was brought to him, who owed him ten thousand talents. The servant did not have the money to pay, so the King commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment be made. The servant fell down, and worshipped him, and asked the Lord to have patience with him promising to pay all of it back. The lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
Compassion rendered monumental and life changing favor in the form of freedom and forgiveness. This is the same amazing grace that our Lord extends to us through the gift of salvation. We are recipients and therefore should give freely. In fact, compassion is a validator of the love of God in us!
1 John 3:17 “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” In a scriptural sense, our bowels are the seat of pity or benevolence. We cannot say that we love and serve Him and see, hear, or be informed that our fellow brother is in need and not be concerned and motivated to do something to remedy their affliction.
Christ has called us to be difference makers. We are change agents on the earth; therefore, our space in the lives of others should be one of transformation. We should leave their presence having made a positive change and influence. Jesus did it every time!
To Be like Jesus = Compassion activated! It means kindness in action, consideration and care in full effect. It means coming into a poor situation and leaving wealth of some kind. A wealth of knowledge, resources and awareness can all make a major difference. It means seeing a sister without but not leaving until she is fully supplied. Jesus never left a situation how He found it. If the picture began black and white it will have an assortment of colors when He moves on.
There’s a song that says, “what the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of”, but I beg to differ. The world needs love and with it, compassion.
Life application: Be the change that is needed. Compassion requires going the extra mile. Put on your walking shoes and get ready to move!