While on earth,Jesus not only Preached,taught and healed all kinds of diseases(Mathew 4:23), but also took care of the physical needs of the majority poor.Over and over again,the Bible records that moved by compassion,Jesus took an action by meeting the needs of the crowd that followed Him.Its actually recorded that He identified Himself with those who were being mistreated/harassed and did everything possible to make their life on earth more bearable. The following passages bears testimony to that:
1.Moved by compassion,He fed the five thousand, besides women and children, (Mathew 14:13-21)
2.Moved by compassion,He fed the four thousand who had not eaten for 3 straight days (Mark:1-9)
3.” When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field “(Mathew 9:35-38)
4. “And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.” Mark 1:40-41)
5.”Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.” (Mathew 20:34)
Jesus expects us (His followers) to do the same towards our fellow human beings. Before returning to heaven,He left His disciples with a new commandment, “to love one another as He had loved them” (John 13:34-35) .The Bible records and appreciates the efforts of those who were involved in the acts of assisting others. Two of such were Tabitha/Dorcas (Acts 9:36-42) and Cornelius (Acts 10)
James even goes to an extend of associating true religion with the helping of others.He wrote,” Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27).
Is it any wonder that Judgment will be partly based on how we responded to the many needs of God’s children. Yes indeed,those who were naked,destitute of daily needs,in prison and many others. Read the entire account on Mathew 25:31-46). In this passage,Jesus identifies Himself with those that the community considered outcast and didn’t have time for them.
Let us be careful how we relate with those who seem to have nothing to pay back.Jesus
expects us to be moved with compassion and give them hope to continue to live. Let us make a little heaven for such ones here and now.
Even so heavenly father, use me so as to meet the needs of the majority poor.Even if it means just one dear Lord.Bless me so that I can bless your children. Lord, I am willing to give it all. You know that I mean it dear Lord.Amen