Sunday AM, September 27th, 2020

“2020 Vision … MORE”

“Compassion to Reflect the Compassion of Christ”

Matthew 9:35-37

 

We come to the conclusion of this month’s focus. I hope and pray that this characteristic is lived out in each one of us. How can it be done ? By reflecting the compassion of Christ in through our lives.

How much does Jesus really love you and me ? Words cannot really describe the love that Christ has for us. As a matter of fact, the love was culminated on the cross at Calvary, where Jesus shed his precious blood for our sins and our shortcomings. This love was drawn out of His compassionate heart for mankind. Although He was despised and rejected of His own people, He still loved them. As a matter of fact, He still loves you and I today. No matter how ridiculous you and I behave and act, He still loves us. He may not love our actions, but He loves us.

 

I. How Jesus Sees Us.

When Jesus looks at us, He sees a people that are …

A. Weary. Weariness to the point of being “burdened down” with all the cares of life. Weariness to the point of carrying and harboring sin in our lives. In other words, holding on to what should be turned over to God in repentance. Weariness to the point of trying to search for hope.

B. Worn Out. God comes in where my helplessness begins. A majority of the people in the world today are suffering from fatigue from their jobs, family issues, and just being plain unhappy. I submit to you this morning this fact : If you are out of the will of God, and not doing what He wants for your life, you will be the most miserable person on the face of the earth.

C. Wandering. True happiness comes only through Jesus Christ. Jesus sees what we are facing today :

  • Physical Trials
  • Financial Trials
  • Mental & Emotional Trials
  • Family & Relational Trials

Wandering from this and that, trying to satisfy all of these, when true satisfaction can only come through Jesus Christ.

 

II. What Does Jesus Want to Do for Us ?

A. Take the Weary and Worn and Give REST. Notice what Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” What a promise ! He says He’ll take care of us, if we allow Him to.

B. Take the Wandering and Be Their SHEPHERD. Isaiah 53:6, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; …” He wants to take the trials and provide guidance to get through. Psalm 145:8, “The LORD is gracious and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.” Isaiah 30:18, “And therefore will the LORD wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for Him.” Remember how Christ showed compassion on the multitudes ? That’s what He desires to do with you and me.

 

III. How Can I Let Jesus Help Me ?

A. Admit That I Am a Sinner. I Timothy 1:15, “… Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”

B. Believe In Jesus as Savior. I Timothy 1:16, “Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting.”

C. Conform to His Purpose for My Life. I Timothy 1:12, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;”

 

Are you in need of a compassionate touch today ? Is Christ calling you to extend a compassionate touch today ? If you are a child of God, He is !