It has been so heartbreaking to watch the news lately and see all the devastation done by the hurricanes. I cannot imagine what the residents in affected areas are going through.
It can be overwhelming to think of their situation where in some cases, they are having to start all over again. At the same time I am reminded that there is still a lot of good in our world.
We see people from all walks of life, jumping in their boats to rescue people of all races, ages and backgrounds. For a moment again, we see people moved with compassion for their fellow man. It reminds me of the many times that Jesus himself was moved with compassion, and he did something about it. He couldn’t just keep walking by when he saw people in desperate need. He was moved deep inside and had to respond.
Every human being has the capacity to be moved with compassion and into action. Compassion is not only for “Christians.” I imagine all the rescuers may not be God-fearing people who know Jesus as Savior, but they are all human beings that have been moved by what they’ve seen. What the world needs in times like these are people who are willing to get outside of their own world and get into the world of others who need help.
Compassion makes you dive in to the needs of others and use whatever you have to make a difference.
I believe this is the Church’s moment to shine and really be the Church. AW Tozer once said, “A scared world needs a fearless church.” Even before the hurricanes, our world has been scared, divided, confused and even angry. What the world needs is the Church – you and I – people who are willing to go the extra mile, step out of their comfort zone, to give and share what we have and bring healing and love to our hurting world.
We are the carriers of hope and our world could use some right now.
I’m proud of all the people who have given, served and maybe even done what they’ve never done before. One thing to remember is that we don’t have to be in a devastating situation to be moved with compassion. This is how life should be. When we are moved with compassion, we can change the world.
Pastor Sam Mata