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Moved With Compassion

March 29, 2015

When is the last time that you were moved with compassion? I am so thankful that Jesus Christ our Lord set the tone and gave us his example. Pray that the Holy Spirit would drive us to see the need.

                      Moved With Compassion

The Challenge

When is the last time you were moved with compassion by an individual, event, circumstance, or tragedy? And when you were moved, what did you do about it? What was your course of action to meet the need? How often do those types of moments occur in your life? If our hearts are truly tender to the things of the Lord, shouldn’t we be moved to compassion on a regular basis for the care, concern, and well-being of others?

When you look at our Savior’s example, the Bible states in Matthew 14:14 that Jesus went forth. In other words, He was not sitting home in the carpentry shop. Jesus made an effort to be among people. He made a conscious decision to move toward those in need.  It is our responsibility as Christian leaders to go forth. We must put ourselves in positions to be used for His glory. Too many of us still carry around that old sin nature and are quite satisfied in the confines and comfort of our “safety” zones. Some call them our “comfort” zones. Many are satisfied to catch an afternoon of “down time” on the couch, or they are simply just not motivated to get something accomplished for the day.

I believe that the book of Proverbs can be helpful in this area. In Proverbs 6:6-8 is says, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.”  

Next, Christ saw a great multitude. Not only did He make the effort to be among the people, when He did He took notice of their plight. It tells me that there was an active engagement to notice the needs of others. He went forth with a desire, love, concern, and expectation that people needed what He was offering. Christ wanted to have an impact in the lives of others. He simply anticipated their needs by seeing them with His whole heart.

Thirdly, Christ was moved with compassion. He made the decision to go, to see, and now the experience impacted him spiritually and emotionally. He now felt a burden for the people. He was so deeply moved that he was compelled to do something about it.

Lastly, that compassion toward others propelled Him to act on the behalf of others. He healed their sick. It was within our Savior’s power to heal the sick and cause the blind to see. As Christian leaders it is within your power to step out from behind the podium of “self” to meet the needs of others. How will you demonstrate your love for others? How will you go forth? What are those very first steps that you can take to do the will of the Father?

Matthew 14:14 – And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick.

Matthew 9:36 – But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

Real World Application

I decided to combine the reflective thoughts of Christ’s compassion in Matthew 14 along with a drive through an impoverished neighbor. The two independent experiences allowed me to consider how they could meld into something powerful that could both be a witness for Jesus Christ and help alleviate pain and suffering. For this article I want to share my thought processes of a developed solution, as well as the execution methodology.

First, if one is to have a genuine concern for the plight of an impoverished neighborhood, you must be able to see the need. Being able to visualize the need means being on the ground level, interacting and building relationships with those that need help. To suggest that one can understand the need by sitting in an office from a distance, or even giving generously to a cause without direct involvement would be to miss the point entirely. The most effective leaders make sure they understand their follower’s needs. The bottom line is to get involved with people.

Second, being on the ground level allows you to build relationships and develop friendships that hopefully move you to compassion for others. Let’s call this a desire or burden for a particular individual, group, or even geographical area. You are so captivated and moved by the Holy Spirit and those in need that you have no other choice but to get involved and act. God calls us to specific ministries and groups of people. 

Third, having seen the need and being moved and gripped by the opportunity, you put an action plan in place to achieve a goal or objective. So the question I pondered is, what can I do that is within my sphere of influence, credentials, and God given desires and abilities that could make a difference?

Fourth, you must find that secret sauce of accountability. There must be skin in the game from those you are trying to help. I genuinely believe that people want to prosper and succeed. They want to feel like they are making a difference in the world, whatever their station in life and level of society. 

That led me directly to my passion which is leadership training and development. I have been gifted with the ability to teach, motivate, and build the leadership capabilities of others to impact lives. It is my opinion that Christian Leadership Worldview International could play a vital role in the local Greenville County area helping to train and develop tomorrow’s leaders. We could do this in less privileged areas through a variety of organizations and venues. We could do this as part of our existing ministry endeavors. We could help folks reach a whole new level of leadership skill development. Praise God!


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