Community in Action "Compassion" April 28, 2020

Community in Action

    This week I am looking at a somewhat disturbing text in Matthew, Matthew 25:31-46. Yet I believe it is one we must consider when we commit to being a disciple of Jesus. This text actually relates to the text last week about being a true disciple, Matthew 7:21.

    At first the text in Matthew 25 seems pretty clear as to what one must do to be a true follower of Jesus, serve those in need. Yet the Matthew 7 text makes me stop and reconsider, when Jesus says not all those who say “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom. 

    I think we all agree that faith without works is dead, James 2:17, but Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”

    So it seems as though we are expected to serve others as evidence of our faith, but we must also have faith to be saved. So when we say to Jesus “Lord, Lord look at everyone I have served” Jesus has one more question for us. Is your serving others doing the “will” of God?

    There must be something that can help us determine if we are doing the will of God. Of all the times I read about Jesus doing the will of God by helping others one thing stands out.

    Jesus saw the people and had compassion. Jesus saw those in need, had compassion and healed them. Jesus saw those on the hillside, had compassion and fed them. Even as Jesus is dying on the cross he says,  “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” 

    Jesus had compassion and then spoke or healed or fed others. I would say the key to being a true disciple is not just to say we believe in Jesus, it is not just to serve others, but it is to have compassion, to love others.

    Remember this is the new commandment which Jesus gave his disciples in John 13:34 and it is the commandment which should guide our discipleship with God.

    Let us love one another first and foremost and to God be the glory.


    Pastor Randy

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