BEING THE HANDS AND FEET OF JESUS
Luke 4:16-19 (NIV) He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
2 Corinthians 1:21 (NKJV) Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God.
God has anointed us with Jesus’s anointing.
TIME IS OFTEN SHORTER THAN WE THINK
- 56 million deaths occur per year.
- 153,400 deaths per day.
- 100+ deaths per minute.
Luke 7:11-17 (NIV) Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.
God will set you on a course to have a collision with compassion.
HOW TO COLLIDE WITH COMPASSION
- We are to go to the pain.
- We are to look for the lost.
- We are to love the unlovable.
- We are to give hope to the hurting.
- We are to offer the grace of God.
Romans 12:1-2 (MSG) So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering . . . . Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.