BUILT TO LAST | Compassion

COMPASSION

Mother Teresa, founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor, told this story: “One night, a man came to our house to tell me that a Hindu family, a family of eight children, had not eaten anything for days. They had nothing to eat. I took enough rice for a meal and went to their house. I could see the hungry faces, the children with their bulging eyes. The sight could not have been more dramatic! The mother took the rice from my hands, divided it in half and went out. When she came back a little later, I asked her: “Where did you go? What did you do?” She answered, “They are also hungry.” “They” were the people next door, a Muslim family with the same number of children to feed and who did not have any food either. That mother was aware of the situation. She had the courage and the love to share her meager portion of rice with others. In spite of her circumstances, I think she felt very happy to share with her neighbors the little I had taken her. In order not to take away her happiness, I did not take her any more rice that night. I took her some more the following day.”

Mother Teresa is a great example for each of us. God wants us to model Jesus’ servant heart by showing compassion to others. The cool thing is that the woman Mother Teresa helped caught the spirit of compassion and helped another. It’s like compassion is contagious!

How can we have a heart of compassion? It comes from a combination of our personal faith and putting that faith into action by serving others. As God transforms our hearts by His incredible compassion He demonstrated to us by sending His only Son Jesus to die for our sins – making a way for us to be united with Him for eternity, our hearts are so radically changed by God’s compassion so that we cannot help but show compassion to others!

Mathew 9:35-38 says, “Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” (NLT)

We can show compassion to others this Saturday July 4th by coming to the Inver Grove Heights Campus to serve others at the Grocery Giveaway. See you all there!

– Pastor Dan Schauer

Questions to Consider:
1. How does my personal faith in Jesus affect my heart and compassion for others?
2. Has there been a time when I reluctantly went to serve someone in need but ended up having my heart changed as a result of serving?
3. What practical step(s) is God challenging me to take so that I am more compassionate toward others?