Are we compassionate for people? One of the most compassionate expressions from Jesus came when He spoke to a large crowd in Matthew 11 with these familiar words, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). Jesus knew the hurts and needs of the people and He invited each one of them to turn to Him to find genuine comfort and life-changing help in their time of need.
As we continue this newsletter series on why new people would become part of this church, it is important for us to recognize that new people will often come our way because they are in need. Our church campus and our very lives are planted right in the heart of a world that is broken and filled with pain. We see evidence of this whenever we turn on the TV and we experience it sometimes in our own lives. Where should we turn and where should others turn when seasons of trouble come crashing down upon our lives?
Consider a time when you turned to God in the midst of a crisis or personal need. Did you have a Christian friend or small group of trusted believers to minister to your needs? Sometimes we might be cynical when people come our way only because they are in pain. Do people sometimes turn to God for selfish reasons or as a last resort? Absolutely, but ultimately that is between them and God. Our role is not to judge, but to disciple in a way that compassionately meets them where they are and helps them to get where God wants them to be. Let’s be ready with open arms. Let’s be ready to show love. Let’s be ready to minister to needs and help people experience authentic life-change through faith in Jesus. -Jason