This message was almost not preached, but thanks be to God, that He is able to give me the grace to deliver this message out.
As I type this posting, let Your hands be upon me and let me preach the Word with simplicity and understanding and let anything that does not line up with Your Word, fall to the ground and be stripped away. Let anything that lines up with Your plan, purpose, and vision be determined, and let it break bonds and free captives, or stir up a passion in the Body of Christ to fulfill Your plan and purpose.
In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,
I can’t begin to describe the heart of Jesus in one post, because Jesus is multidimensional so much so that when the angels see Him in Heaven, they cry out, “Holy, Holy, Holy”. But the part I want to point out today, is compassion and mercy. Compassion comes from the word eleos which means compassion and mercy. Jesus is the radical version of this compassion.
mercy: kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them-
Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for eleos (Strong’s 1656)“. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2012. 11 Jun 2012. < http:// www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?
We see an example of this with the parable of the Samaritan man.
25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”
28 And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”
29 But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
30 Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 So he went to himand bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 On the next day, when he departed,[j] he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ 36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?”
37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Notice that the priests didn’t go and help the wounded man, but the Samaritan man did.
We may go to Church everyday, sing worship songs, dressed in fine apparel, and think so highly of ourselves, but what will we do for others. When we someone in a restaurant that has a cast or crutch on them, do we go offer to pray for them, or go and try to hold the door open for them. When we go to the doctor’s office, do we go and try to tell people that, “God loves you?”
The mistake of the lawyer, is something we’re all guilty of, thinking that we qualify, but none of us have shown mercy on people, to the extent that Jesus did. He showed abundant mercy.
But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious,
Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth. (Psalm 116:6)Abundant can also mean exceedingly. It also means to overflow.
How many of us, me included, can say that we overflow with compassion? We’re so focused on ourselves, that we don’t seem to get out of our comfort zone and help those around us. Thank God, for missionaries, that reach the lost and unsaved people. But we need to do more. We need to do so much more Church. My previous post was about the purpose of God, and we must not stray far away from that purpose.
I know it’s hard because we all have people employed to do certain things. We also have ministries that do certain things. But there are people committing suicide everyday. There are people hurt with emotional and physical diseases who have lost hope and are broken hearted. They may be close to death. There may be people who are undergoing violence in the community and this scenario lines up with the scene we see today – a wounded man, robbed by thieves, and who stopped and helped him. Thank God for hospitals, but the Church needs to be fulfilling that role. The Body of Christ needs to come in and take care of the people so that we don’t see all these crimes. We have all been desensitized toward death. We hear on the news that a calamity happened only one person died. Only one person????? One person is too many.
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.- John 3:16
We should get to them before they are hurt!!!
We are guilty of this, forgive us Lord, for not stepping out and helping others as much as we should.
We Christians have a way of saying one thing and doing another. We all of us, with maybe a few exceptions of people who have developed really godly character, but we have a way of preaching on the pulpit and saying all these great and mighty deep things not realizing where the heart of Jesus is. His heart is for the people that are broken hearted and suffering and in pain.
One thing that gets away is our pride, and we can see this in the parable of the rich young ruler that when he was asked to leave his possessions he was sorrowful because he had many possessions.
He had pride in his wealth. We have pride in ourselves and think that we’re so much more sophisticated than to help people who are suffering, and people who are reaching out and we don’t see the signs.
There is a Pastor whose wife and him got a divorce and when he realized the way and the signs that she was giving to spend more time with him, then he felt sad that he had allowed that to happen.
Many ways, children are seeking to spend more time with parents, and we see that chaoticness of that in our society.
We need to do more than just prayer. We need to take action. We need to be active and pursue people with a passion, but many times we’re scared because of rejection and what people will think. We need to go and actively look for broken hearted people. We must seize every opportunity we have to minister to the hurting people. Because that’s what Jesus called us to do. He called us to leave our house to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world. Not all of us are called to be missionaries, so start where you are. When you go to the grocery store instead of complaining about long lines and the problems, see whose day you can make life easier for someone else like getting something off the top shelf for someone who is short. See if you can help people find things. See if you can just ease someone else’s burden. We are supposed to bear another’s burdens. That’s the heart of Jesus, and that’s really what’s meant about the heart of worship.
The Lukewarm Church
14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans[f] write,
‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,[g] I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’”
All throughout the message to the Churches about the lampstands, He says “I know Your works”. We can be on fire for God, but how do our works, show it? Are we passionately compassionate, or are we just lukewarm compassionate? Or we can be cold which is also acceptable, means destitute of warm heart of Christian faith and a desire to be holy -Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for psychros (Strong’s 5593)“. Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2012. 11 Jun 2012. < http:// www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?
Strongs=G5593&t=KJV > and then we will not be able to show works. But just the I don’t care attitude is disgusting to God.- “I don’t care about the suffering person. I don’t care about the needy people.” It takes more than praying. I pray that God gets us out of this spirit of apathy and go out to meet people where they are.
We need to learn to accept people, and to meet people wherever they are and wherever they are hurting, but we go and carry on with our parties, and festivals, celebrations, preaching, and all the stuff, but what does God care about, He cares about the people. He wants us to minister to hurting and broken people.
Forgive us Lord, for the times we have not met Your requirements for living a Christ like life. Forgive us Lord for the times we’ve been too lazy or self-centered to be able to do anything for anyone else. Forgive us Lord for anything that gets in the way of Your purpose for our lives. Thank You for showing us Your heart, and what makes you grieved, help us to be equipped to change and meet others needs in a greater extent. Help us to be able to live out the calling of You. Help us to heal the brokenhearted and set people held captive by various problems free. Help us to minister to them, and not look down upon them. Help us to walk with passion for you and show it by our actions. Thank You Holy Spirit for the Word which we have received, and thank You for Your blessings today. May Your heart be upon Your people as they live and serve You this day and glorify You in all that they say and do. I seal this post with the Blood of Jesus.
In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,