Edgy Compassionate

Let tomorrow worry about itself…

June 28th, 2019

We modern Christians enjoy our comfort in the grace of Jesus. Jesus after all, ‘Paid it all!’ His grace is completed in us each and every day. We walk by faith…

Not sight!

Therefore we are always full of courage, and we know that as long as we are alive here on earth we are absent from the Lord – for we live by faith, not by sight. Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be paid back according to what he has done while in the body, whether good or evil.

2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (NET)

Wait a minute! What’s all this talk of courage? Ambition to please Him. I thought I was fully exempt from this judgement seat business!

Sadly, too many Christians feel this way. Having life and having it more abundantly, has nothing to do with a life of ease and comfort. The reality of the situation is that God intends for us to be a bit uncomfortable. It is the enemy who would attempt to convince us we are doing everything just right, and there is no need for conviction, repentance, or ministry in the life of every believer.

Hopefully, when you consider those three words, you have a tinge of discomfort or butterflies in your stomach. We are to be compelled to share our testimony. We need to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We must step out of our comfort zone and advance the Kingdom of the Lord at any expense.

Doing so we will garner allies in our struggle, but more often we will face ambivalence, some scorn, and even persecution. “Life abundantly” entails living for him who gave us that life and doing so in a manner that shifts the uneasy feeling we had in the beginning, from us,  to those who would just as soon we not remind them that there is a choice to be made that is a matter of life and death.

That focus isn’t typically welcomed, at least not initially. If we truly have compassion for our fellow man, we can’t stand at the water’s edge and pray that those drowning will suddenly learn to swim to safety, or that a boat with a life preserver will happen by them before they sink beneath the dark water.

We are each called to dive in enter into a struggle with the flailing victims of sin and demonstrate the grace that has made our lives and living abundant.

This makes people uneasy, but compassion isn’t sitting on the sidelines. Yes, we should pray for the lost. The full tonic to heal the world and ourselves is prayer with commitment. It is the spiritual equivalent of putting your money where your mouth is.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20 (NET)

Yeah, I know, the Great Commission again. Look I bring it up frequently because it is the reason, we remain here instead of Jesus calling every Christian home, immediately after surrendering their lives to him.

We have a mission and a ministry to carry the Gospel to every corner of this world we live in.

If you have ever considered why Jesus tarries and doesn’t come right this minute to take us home, it has something to do with our slow walking the Gospel to the world.

Yes, people will think different of you when you wear your faith and testimony on your sleeve, this is what becoming a new creation is all about. Just as the transformation of our minds is nested in the living Word of God.  If we are living abundantly, we want to share it with as many others as possible. Surrender to the Holy Spirit and obedience to the Word of God are going to produce a transformation in us of such dynamic proportions, we will forever embed the fact that Christians are just like everyone else, but at the same time there is nothing like being a Christian.

The disciple’s life is imbedded in Jesus, his Word, and our surrender to His Holy Spirit!

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Matthew 16:24-25 (NET)

The perfection of our faith is ensconced in the perfecter of our faith. The more we are bonded to Jesus the more we are compelled to proclaim his grace to as many as will hear. And that is “Edgy Compassionate”. It’s edgy because it’s not going to appeal to everyone. Many will take offence and accuse you of causing unrest and even discontent. But if we are truly compassionate then we must deliver this message to the world with each and every opportunity given us.

In the Grace of Jesus!
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