Monthly Archives: March 2011
The Arena of Compassion by Jason Exley
I remember a time that I was responsible for watching the boys while Renee left to run some errands. In my preoccupation with work, I failed to realize the bump that my middle child had received while playing rough with his big brother, the pizza that was burning in the oven and large puddles of water that had spilled out of the bath water. When I finally realized it a fury frenzy of instructions and frustrated rebukes only made the matters worse.
My middle child proceeded to grab my phone and holding it to his ear he said, “I want mommy, PLEASE!” My child wanted his mommy to rescue him from the frustrations, and the hurts, and all the trouble that he was facing in life. He needed someone to bring some change into his life. He needed someone to care for his feelings, his hurts, his inability to handle the changes of life!
In Mark 6 people came to Jesus with that same kind of attitude. They needed someone to care for them. THey saw Jesus and ran to him with all the frustrations, the hurts, the troubles in their lives. And in vs 34 it says, “As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.”
And that brings us to the question, if Christ had compassion on the crowds, what are we to do? To love means to carry another’s burdens. As Christians we must have strong shoulders to bear the burdens of others.
What are you doing to have compassion and help those around you?
Usually, when we think of missions we think of the Great Commission. But missions didn’t begin with the Great Commission. Missions began with God. It first beat in His heart before it was ever breathed as the life sustaining force into His church.
Our God is Missions Minded. If He were not, there would be no Christian church.
The Gospel He has given us is a Missions Message. If it could not save every sinner, there would be no reason to take it to every nation.
And the Great Commission is a Missions Mandate. Here are four truths about this mandate:
1. It is a command with no other option but to obey.
2.It is a capability divinely given to us by God.
3. This capability cannot be achieved without His power.
4. This mandate can only be kept through faith.
Question: No one is excluded from this mandate, perhaps the question is: What is my responsibility with the mandate to reach the world?
Have you figured out yet that a lot of times you are your own worst enemy? It’s your own reactions, your own fears, your own inadequacies that cause you to act in foolish ways. I know that’s true for me.
I need to be saved from myself because there are things I don’t like about me – things I wish I had done differently, things I’d like to change. But I can’t change them, not on my own power. I need an outside power source.
Let me make an important point here: God never wastes energy. He doesn’t waste effort on things that are unnecessary. In other words, if you didn’t need a Savior, he wouldn’t have sent one. The very fact that God sent a Savior means you need one.
The truth is, if you are honest about it, sometimes you feel like your life is out of control. That’s a pretty common feeling. Welcome to the human race.
The apostle Paul felt that way 2,000 years ago. Paul says this in the Bible: “I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does” Romans 7:24-25 (The Message). That’s the answer!
You may be looking for salvation in the wrong places, that’s why you’re frustrated.
Some of us think that if we could just get married, or if we could just get a certain job, or a promotion, or attain a certain level of wealth, or have a baby – things would be great.
You’re looking in the wrong places. The answer is not in a place. It’s not in a program or a pill. The answer is a person: Jesus Christ.