GET UP, OFFA THAT THING (1)
Matthew 9:36 NKJV
‘Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth’ (1 John 3:17-18 NIV). Jesus set a pretty strong example, actually. Turns out He didn’t say “Oh go on guys, play nice, please?”, or throw casual platitudes over His shoulder at the homeless as He passed “Mm, yeah, bless you by the way…”. Jesus was massively concerned about the hurting world He stepped into.
So concerned, the gospel writers had to create a new word to describe that compassion. They said that Jesus was “moved in the depths of His gut” (“splagchnizomai”, Greek Fans) for people. And then there’s the shortest verse in the Bible: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). Ours is a God who, when He stepped into this messy and broken world of ours, went from healing to healing, from feeding hungry to restoring outcasts. And His harsher teachings? Only against those who exclude these broken vulnerable ones. It turns out they (we?...) are pretty precious to Him.
So, what about the poor and hungry in your city? What if your area has a people-trafficking problem, behind closed doors? What if one Sunday the back row of your church was filled with homeless, (literally) unclean, maybe even alcohol-dependent people who had wandered in to see what your church was like? Do we get stirred up for these precious-to-Jesus-people?
Read Luke 10:30-36 (go on, it’s only short). Is it time to put your compassion into action, rather than cross the road? Ask at your church about ways to serve your area. (W4U <3s Foodbanks, just FYI)