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Looking for Jesus in the world
by Joseph Parker
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When we open our eyes in the morning, we should ask ourselves where can Jesus be found at today? How can Jesus be glorified, should be running through our minds as our feet hit the floor. We need to be looking for him in everything we do.

There's many opportunities, presented to us everyday, where his love can be demonstrated to others. The fact we've been given another day to draw breath reveals his mercy towards us. The same compassion Jesus displayed while he walked this earth should be shown to others daily.

While on this journey of life, Christ's kindness and generosity overshadow us. Creation reveals his love toward us. His handiwork surrounds us; it's substantiated by the scripture that says:

And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us that his presence is with us each and everyday (Psalm 90:17).

There's no better example of a man reaching out and changing lives than Jesus'. He always made the most of every opportunity to touch hurting hearts. Luke 4:18-19 reveals the purpose of Jesus' life while he was on this earth.

The mighty works he operated in was due to his intimate relationship with the father. He forever changed lives because of his daily and constant communication with God.

The times Jesus spent in his relationship with the father was of the utmost importance to him. It was the key, if you will, by which he was able to heal the sick, free the oppressed, and raise the dead.

The dynamic power Jesus operated in was a firm assurance of his intimacy with the father. We can operate in the same power Jesus did, he confirmed this in John 14:12 which says:

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

In order to do the works Jesus did, it will require us to be in constant communication with God daily. God can achieve mighty works through us, but it takes an intimate relationship with him.

When Jesus saw a need, he didn't speak idle words, he was moved with compassion. He filled lives with hope and brought new possibilities that forever changed their lives. We have to be filled with the same fire Jesus had because it'll cause us to touch those in need.

Most of us as we pass homeless people on the street never give them a second thought. While others, with their self-righteous attitudes, will reason within themselves the cause of someone's misfortune. We tend to forget it's only by the grace of God that we're not in a similar situation.

True Christ-like compassion will generate a burden in our heart that'll move us to change another's circumstance.

The word of God reveals the many compassionate works Jesus did. In Matthew 25, we see Jesus answering those who were asking when had they seen him naked, hungry, alone and thirsty. His reply was that anyone we clothe, feed, visit, or simply give them a drink of water we do as unto him.

In our indifference to help those in need, we're actually neglecting Christ and missing our opportunity to show compassion. We must hear the Lord's words and take action. We have to do what's right in the eyes of God by reaching out a hand to help those in need.

The effect Christ had on the world, by reaching out, can still be felt to this day. It's time for us to open our eyes to the world around us. We could be the answer to someone's prayers. We are Christ's hands on this earth, so let's make a difference in our world today.

Let's be working in the fields that are "white unto harvest." Let what we do for our fellow man be an everlasting monument, our legacy to the King of Kings. We must stop ignoring the call of the spirit and reach out to a lost and dying world. We were designed to be a force for Godly change!

Looking for Jesus in the world should be the anthem our hearts sing everyday. It should cause us to rise up from our complacent state. We all have someone who God has put upon our hearts, have we reached out and touched their lives yet? By reaching out God uses us to bring them hope that is filled with boundless new opportunities.

Do something to help the homeless person standing on the corner begging for bread. Go visit the widows, the fatherless children, those in prison and the sick in the hospital. Bring Jesus to them and show the true compassion our Lord commanded us to.

Let the Holy Spirit speak to our hearts; it's time to do what he's called us to do. No more idle words or just feeling pity. No more vain lies to make ourselves feel better. It's time for compassion to move our hearts, to spur us to act and not just speak.

Look around the world everyday, look for Jesus and ways we might minister his love. Look for ways to be kind-hearted and helpful. Do what Jesus would do, reach out to the unloved and hurting heart. We have the ability and the means to touch their lives. Remember everyday is a new day to Look for Jesus in the world.

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