The following is a writing from Alyson Kieda, via Our Daily Bread website
Today’s Scripture & Insight: Matthew 9:27-38
When Jeff was a new believer in Jesus and fresh out of college, he worked for a major oil company. In his role as a salesman, he traveled; and in his travels he heard people’s stories—many of them heartbreaking. He realized that what his customers most needed wasn’t oil, but compassion. They needed God. This led Jeff to attend seminary to learn more about the heart of God and eventually to become a pastor.
Jeff’s compassion had its source in Jesus. In Matthew 9:27–33 we get a glimpse of Christ’s compassion in the miraculous healing of two blind men and one demon-possessed man. Throughout His earthly ministry, He went about preaching the gospel and healing “through all the towns and villages” (v. 35). Why? “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (v. 36).
The world today is still full of troubled and hurting people who need the Savior’s gentle care. Like a shepherd who leads, protects, and cares for his sheep, Jesus extends His compassion to all who come to Him (11:28). No matter where we are in life and what we’re experiencing, in Him we find a heart overflowing with tenderness and care. And when we’ve been a beneficiary of God’s loving compassion, we can’t help but want to extend it to others.
As I read this this morning, it had me meditating on something I really don’t see much of in the Church today:
We are all, every single one of us, in need of His love and compassion.
But, is this what we really find?
In my personal experience in the life of a Christ follower, I find there is very little love and compassion. I actually find more of the opposite — selfishness, divides of multiple kinds, discrimination and judgments. I find that most are quick to judge the outward, which places a governor on the view of one’s inward, leaving the troubled and hurting out in the wilderness, alone. If the outward stinks, then most people assume the inward does as well.
In the world of religion, which, I have found, is dominant over the love of God, so many are simply righteous and quick to correct the, “incorrect”. They are driven to help the unlearned learn the right way, instead of just loving them through their personal struggle — the one that God knows. The one that God sees. The one that God commands we love them through. We are to show compassion towards them as they heal in His time.
But, do we really do this?
I’m not a fan of religion. I aim to be more like Christ at heart, and less like the righteous one who makes the broken one, look broken.
So, what will you be today?