Moved with Compassion
I heard a pastor say once, that he had a guest speaker who said to the congregation when we spoke that he had a “special anointing for you to prosper, and if you’ll will give, you will receive a hundredfold return.” The pastor went on to say, that the offering the congregation gave was nearly ten times the normal missions offering.
Often times in the church when there is the promise of personal gain, the amount goes up. But when we are ask to give to missions, or the poor or the needs of humanity its not as much. This isn’t to be critical. Its just saying we generally get more motivated for personal gain than anything else. We may need to stop and examine our motivation, because its normal to be more attentive to and more involved with that which is close to us. But have we gotten to a place where our motivation is so self-centered that we’re not moved with COMPASSION at all? Are we moved only when there is personal gain? I remember reading a book where the author said, that Jesus only did miracles and healed people to prove his deity (that he was God). And now they don’t happened anymore cause his deity was established. I was offended by the thought that God would use hurting people to prove who He was, that God didn’t really care about sick people. Jesus didn’t need hurting people to prove He was God. Jesus did miracles because He was moved with COMPASSION. He healed, taught truth, prayed for labors to help with the harvest all because he was moved with compassion. That’s what motivated Jesus–COMPASSION! What is our motivation with God and others today?