DO I HAVE THE COMPASSION OF CHRIST FOR THE LOST???, PT. 3
I wonder, as I ponder my life and testimony, do I have the compassion, the broken heart that my Savior had over the lost? Jesus wept over Jerusalem, crying out, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Matthew 23:37) I wonder, does He cry over Fairfield Glade, TN? I think He does, but that is not the question….do I, do you????
We know that God is sovereign and we also know that man’s sin is rebellion against Him. Would you agree with me, that from God’s perspective, a merely academic approach to sin is inappropriate for a Christian? Adam and Eve never for a moment pictured that the results of their sin would include murder, rape, incest, adultery, etc. I am afraid that many of us have become numb to such stories of sin and it is a travesty of neglect.
Scripture says that Christ saw a large crowd and “was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things” (Mark 6:34). I wonder, does our life, our testimony teach? Does our life meet the great needs of people? Look at the words of Scripture again, do we often connect the words “compassion” and “teaching” as part of our lifestyle? Clearly, Jesus does. Teaching today [our lives, our testimonies] demands compassion, concern and action (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:18-20). Having compassion means being careful to teach rather than just entertaining. If we are just entertaining people, then “we’ll” ignore what should be the central lesson of our lives, “Jesus Christ.”
I wonder, do we weep for our town? Do we enter their world to discover their needs? What exactly does our life, our testimony teach? Am I willing to forego my pleasures to reach someone for Christ? Let me suggest that just going to church is not enough. We need to do that because it if part of our testimony. However, our life, our testimony should go far deeper into someone’s life than just observing that we go to church on Sunday. I wonder, do we cry out to God on behalf of our unsaved family members, our friends, our neighbors and then get up off our knees and do something about it? Just wondering, do I have the compassion that Christ had for the lost? Am I developing a broken heart for the lost? If His compassion is real then it must become real in my life because He works through me, and you, to reach the lost (Philippians 2:12-13). Interesting and challenging, isn’t it?