Compassion in action

The people at Jubilee have heard me say this many times – I can’t teach compassion.  I can’t put on a seminar or form a small group Bible study, or hand out a book, and at the end of 8 hours or 10 weeks or 13 chapters produce a single person who isn’t selfish; who doesn’t try to impress others; who doesn’t just look out for their own interests, but takes an interest in others… In other words I can’t teach anyone to have “the same attitude Christ Jesus had.” (see Philippians 2:3-5)

See, I know that it’s His work in us, by the Holy Spirit, that works out our transition from selfish pig to selfless servant.  But I also think there should be some evidence that we’re at least on the journey.  Serving is the normal Christian life.  Serving sets the stage for evangelism. If our friends are soil, and the gospel is the seed, serving is the way we till the soil.  And that will never happen without a heart of compassion being formed in us.

That being said, I will continue to teach and preach about compassion, to point to the abundant scriptural examples and the less abundant, but still powerful, examples from current culture.

Case in point: A recent article by Rick Reilly – in my opinion one of the best sports writers/commentators working today – about a very unusual football game.  Please click the link below and read the story.  If you don’t tear up at least a little, check your pulse – you might be dead.

The Gift of Hope by Rick Reilly

Hat tip to Charles Hill for the article!

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  1. BIG POPPA
    January 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Great article…..with great impact. I always love seeing God’s people doing ‘things outside the box’! It’s like I ‘ve heard somewhere before (I’m not quite sure where) …..’in order to reach people who have never been reached you have to try things that have never been tried!’.

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