Do you see what they are going through? Do you hear the pain in their voices? Do you see the need in their lives? Do you have compassion for them? Do you realize the difference between compassion and sympathy? They need your compassion! What do you have to offer? Be it Peter, or Jesus or you, we all have something to offer in that specific situation! Consider what the Holy Spirit would have you do, would have you say, would have you listen to? And obey, respond, and do what that prompting is telling you for the signs and wonders that will take place point others to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Point them to God for it is God that we are serving when we take compassion on others and do something about it!
Let’s take a look at what we see in today’s reading…
Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son
11Soon afterward Jesus went to a town named Nain, accompanied by his disciples and a large crowd. 12Just as he arrived at the gate of the town, a funeral procession was coming out. The dead man was the only son of a woman who was a widow, and a large crowd from the town was with her. 13When the Lord saw her, his heart was filled with pity for her, and he said to her, “Don’t cry.” 14Then he walked over and touched the coffin, and the men carrying it stopped. Jesus said, “Young man! Get up, I tell you!” 15The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. 16They all were filled with fear and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us!” they said; “God has come to save his people!” 17This news about Jesus went out through all the country and the surrounding territory. –from Luke 7
It’s not about material possessions! It’s about hearing the prompting of the Holy Spirit and then stepping up to do what He is calling you to do and be everything that God has created you to be! Don’t let the devil rob you, rather let your faith embolden you! As Paul said “I have no money at all” … but He knew what he did have and He wasn’t going to just speak it, He was going to go all out to allow Jesus to be glorified as he followed that statement up speaking the poor lame man sitting at the gate “but I give you what I have: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I order you to get up and walk!” But he didn’t stop there, he was trusting God and being obedient to the Holy Spirit, so “he took him by his right hand and helped him up. At once the man’s feet and ankles became strong; he jumped up, stood on his feet, and started walking around. Then he went into the Temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God.” Consider what you see! Don’t get stuck in your routine and miss out what God would have you do today! What does that still quiet voice say to you? Should be doing something? Is it pulling at your heart? God’s Word never returns void and so if He is calling you to it, He will get you through it! Will you put enough trust and faith in God to allow Him to do something incredible in and through You for the glory of His kingdom? Will you praise Him and glorify Him? Wil you thank Him for what He is doing in your life and through your life into the lives of others?
Today’s reading continues with this …
May God our Father give you grace and peace.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
3We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you. 4For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all God’s people. 5When the true message, the Good News, first came to you, you heard about the hope it offers. So your faith and love are based on what you hope for, which is kept safe for you in heaven. 6The gospel keeps bringing blessings and is spreading throughout the world, just as it has among you ever since the day you first heard about the grace of God and came to know it as it really is. 7You learned of God’s grace from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is Christ’s faithful worker on our behalf. 8He has told us of the love that the Spirit has given you. 9For this reason we have always prayed for you, ever since we heard about you. We ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will, with all the wisdom and understanding that his Spirit gives. 10Then you will be able to live as the Lord wants and will always do what pleases him. Your lives will produce all kinds of good deeds, and you will grow in your knowledge of God. 11-12May you be made strong with all the strength which comes from his glorious power, so that you may be able to endure everything with patience. And with joy give thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to have your share of what God has reserved for his people in the kingdom of light. 13He rescued us from the power of darkness and brought us safe into the kingdom of his dear Son, 14by whom we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven.
–from 1 Colossians 1:1-14
Do you want knowledge of God’s will in and for your life? Do you want the wisdom and understanding so that you can hear and respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit? Do you want to live the life God wants for you? Do you want to please Him? Do you want to produce all kinds of good deeds and grow in your knowledge of God? Will you be bold and courageous? Will your hope and trust in God allow you to be strong with all the strength which comes from His glorious power? Do you want to be able to ensure with patience so that you can live with joy and give thanks to God the Father who made you and wants to share with you all the things God has reserved for His people in His kingdom of light? Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!
Not sure what to ask or where to turn? Ask God for wisdom that you can have the words you need. Turn to Him and submit yourself under His grace and mercy! Let’s pray for His mercy…
1Lord, I look up to you, up to heaven, where you rule. 2As a servant depends on his master, as a maid depends on her mistress, so we will keep looking to you, O Lord our God, until you have mercy on us. 3Be merciful to us, Lord, be merciful; we have been treated with so much contempt. 4We have been mocked too long by the rich and scorned by proud oppressors. –from Psalm 123
Let’s put all our hope and trust in the One who is trustworthy! Let’s come under the cover of His protection!
1What if the Lord had not been on our side? Answer, O Israel! 2“If the Lord had not been on our side when our enemies attacked us, 3then they would have swallowed us alive in their furious anger against us; 4then the flood would have carried us away, the water would have covered us, 5the raging torrent would have drowned us.” 6Let us thank the Lord, who has not let our enemies destroy us. 7We have escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap; the trap is broken, and we are free! 8Our help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. — from Psalm 124
This is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Let’s allow our lives to be open for the movement of God in! Let’s be responsive to the prompting of the Spirit! Let’s not make it all about what we can or can’t do! With God there is no can’t for nothing is impossible with God! Let’s grab a hold of God’s will and then call on the power of prayer to see what He can do, what He will do, and the truth that even if God doesn’t do something that He has a greater plan for what He is doing and will accomplish in and through all of this!
Be compassionate today and do something about it!