His compassion becomes a passion
by Kathleen Angell
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I wondered how to share the compassion from my Lord that I see in Him sharing in my life to give to others. It is His and there is so much He wants to give for others lives.
We have found several ways to share what the Lord gives, and one of them is sharing food with the hungry, here and in Kenya. Another is through testimonies on a site and a newsletter.
We've done this work for helping those without food, for a couple of years now, with some aids orphans and about twelve children and others, who were deeply destitute of daily food, by feeding them weekly groceries.
My vision for this goes much further today than it did a couple of years ago. Like Abraham, we trust that what we see is something we can look to God for.
Sometimes we think we have nothing to share. But with Jesus Christ, we have plenty to share. That is what I would like to share with you.
I ask the Lord when He showed me to turn His compassion that I see, into a passion for the work to do, just how to do that? How to share with others this passion. He gave me this...
He showed me the book I'd just bought my grandson. It is nearing the Christmas season and the little book is a "A Christmas Carol", about Ebenezer Scrooge.
Scrooge, through various hurts and life's experiences took his life and turned inward into one of selfishness and hardened heart toward's others.
Did you know that one of the sin's that that is horrible in God's sight is the sin of not caring for the poor and needy? There are many poor and needy around us. Both spiritually in the need to know Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life, and also in the needs of others for daily bread.
Ebenezer Scrooge became hardened to others around him. Even those in destitute need.
Though all around him were destitute and in need, his self-centeredness and turning inward and his selfishness failed to care and he thought of himself only.
God is so merciful.
He calls us to awake us and warn us.
Even in the story of Scrooge, Ebenezer gets another chance before it is too late.
A wake up call.
He saw himself and what he'd become, he saw those whose lives were affected by his life-either adversely or positively. He also saw that others in even more destitute circumstances and means, kept a sense of giving and joy, and he saw that at the end of his life he would die miserably and alone and a child he could save would be, if left unhelped, gone.
When our bowels of mercy are closed, and when we live inwardly in selfishness and not ourtwardly in helping and caring about others our plenty just sits with us and never goes out to help those it is intended for.
The Bible refers to what we are doing when we are storing up earthly treasures for ourselves. What we have kept for ourselves. Actually worshipping it. Because it's end and what it becomes is rottenness and rust. It has turned to nothing.
But when what we have is given to share with others it can be the chance and change given to a life in need to live.
Whether it is spiritual treasures of love and compassion and knowing Jesus Christ, or physical treasures we've been blessed with, they are given, and grow through giving to others and come to nothing through hoarding them.
The end of this story is Ebenezer on his knees, repenting and he wept- "Now I must change."
"The very next moment-Scrooge woke in his bed."
This reminds me of the Bible. Immediately the beggar at the gate Beautiful received strength in his ankles and began to walk. That is what Ebenezer began to do.
He immediately began to change.
He began to take of his own bounty-and for us it may be physical or it may be spiritual, but it will be both (we take Jesus' love and the message of who he is, but we also cannot say be warmed and not give the food and a blanket for the need that it there, if we can.)
Ebenezer began to pour out on those people around him that had less out of his bounty.
He began to share his life with others and be a blessing. He began to be the waters that bring change into others lives.
He began to be with what he'd been given, in his life, a change and a blessing to those around him.
He began to care for others and caring very much for their lives that they would live.
There was, in that story, great rejoicing that day.
So is there, spoken of in the Bible, great rejoicing on the day a sinner repents.
Everything experiences change and rejoicing when we begin to become what God has made us to be. A blessing to others.
I, like Scrooge, had many of life's experiences in which I turned inward into selfishness. But when Jesus comes into my life, He changes my life. From one of selfishness to one of blessing, if I will allow Him to.
So whether to tell others about Him or to take food and a blanket to those in desperate and horrible need, both are the same, we find that we become the vessel to allow Jesus compassion to pour out to others.
To the poor and the needy.
If I can share with you my passion, which is giving Jesus' compassion, to encourage you, I would love to.
Whether you, your family or group or church.
Love, Kathleen Angell
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