Heartburn #1 - Pour out Compassion on Others
Here's the recap from this past Wednesday or watch a summary by clicking here.
Everyday we make “arm chair assessments” or you could say “value judgments” on other people. We judge their worth as a person the moment we lay our eyes upon them and have a tendency to become fixed on their differences.
It’s no wonder we all love people watching!
As Christians however - our value judgment on people has a profound impact on our motivation and mission to “Reach Our World” for Jesus. If we in our hearts determine a person is of low worth or not worth our time, we are not going to go out of our way to reach out to them in compassion and sharing the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.
Armchair assessments of people are not new. In fact Jesus in Luke 15 addresses the Pharisees head on in three rapid-fire parables as they were condemning Him for eating with the unchurched, spiritually confused and lowly people.
Luke 15:1-2 “Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Jesus had some words for them in Luke 15... the parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son. When something of great value is lost it determines a full warrant search and rescue effort to find it! This is how God sees all people – with great value and worth the time and effort to reach out to them. As Christians we are his people and he has called us to go and reach out – show compassion – and share the great news of the gospel.
Read Luke 15:
- As you read through Luke 15 which part of it identifies with you? Is God saying something to you about your life or role in reaching out to others?
- Ask God to brings to mind someone in your life that is “lost” or far away from him, begin to pray for that person and seek out opportunities to invite them to church or reach out to them. Even just write their name down somewhere as a reminder to you.
Remember we are always depending on God to draw people to him. Continue to lean on him and don’t forget your own personal relationship and daily investment in his word and prayer. Jesus is alive in you! And that makes a difference in your life! Now that’s an irresistible pull to others!