Sam Bynum, Pastor
Welcome from our Pastor
Sam Bynum, Pastor
Our New Theme for 2015
Compassion Makes a Difference!
“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”
If compassion in the work of the Lord is going to make a difference in our lives in 2015, we must be willing to look at life the way Jesus did. This year our theme will be Compassion Makes A Difference. I want to challenge our church to be moved or motivated with compassion for the lost and for those in any kind of need spiritually. Jesus was moved with compassion and that speaks volumes to us about the way we ought to be moved or motivated in the work of the Lord.
What does it mean to be moved with compassion? It means that we have a heart for those who can’t seem to find any peace or joy in their lives. It means we must not be selfish or unwilling to reach out to those in need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If people are in need physically and we focus on that alone, we are not doing them any good. They need the good news of salvation living in their hearts before any progress can be made in any area of their lives.
Are you making a difference in anyone’s life right now? Our goal as a child of God is to be a witness to the lost and to be a blessing to the saved. It should be our desire to make Christ known to the world around us everyday. Ulysses Kansas should be a different place to live because of our compassion for the lost and those who need spiritual help. How much has the concern and desire to see the lost saved changed in your life since you first trusted Christ as Saviour and Lord?
If you will take a serious look at only a few verses of scripture, you will see how important this theme is in our hearts and lives for the cause of Christ.
1 John 3:16-18 “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
1 Peter 3:8-9 “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful (tenderhearted) , be courteous: 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.”
Jude 1:20-23 “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”
Because of a compassionate heart Jesus made a difference in the hearts and lives of the young and the old, the sick and the well, the rich and the poor, the criminal and the law abiding citizen, the ones who knew they were sinners or the religious proud who didn’t.
I shared this in a message a couple of months ago. There are four emotional responses that we can have toward others as we seek to live for Christ in the crazy mixed up world.
Apathy – This word refers to an absence of emotion. You see the need, but you do not care. You are unmoved by it. There is a lot of apathy in our world today.
Sympathy – This word refers to a harmony of feeling. In other words, you see a need and you know how they feel because you have felt that way too.
Empathy – This word speaks of an emotion that is stronger that sympathy. When you empathize with someone it means that you hurt with them. It means that you share the pain they feel.
Compassion – The word compassion, as it is used in the Bible means, “To be moved inwardly; to yearn with tender mercy, affection, pity and empathy.” It refers to the deepest possible feelings. The phrase, “moved with compassion” means to be moved in the “inner organs”. It has the same idea as our modern expression, “From the bottom of my heart.”
When Jesus saw the people He was touched by their need and He was moved by a strong desire to meet their need.
Jesus saw three things about people that caused Him to be moved with compassion.
- He saw them as sheep who could not find their way spiritually.
- He saw them as sheep who were spiritually defenseless.
- He saw them as sheep who were spiritually unable to think for themselves.
When Jesus looked at the people and saw them as a flock of lost, helpless sheep, He was stirred by compassion for them to have their spiritual needs met.
Jesus knew that without a shepherd, sheep were in a lot of trouble. They can’t defend themselves against predators, and they have a hard time finding the food and water they need. One pastor has written about sheep in connection with Psalm 23.
Sheep without a shepherd are needy, because they have no Shepherd to fill their wants.
Sheep without a shepherd are hungry and thirsty, because they have no Shepherd to make them lie down in green pastures or to lead them beside still waters.
Sheep without a shepherd hurt, because they have no Shepherd to restore their soul.
Sheep without a shepherd wander, because they have no Shepherd to lead them in paths of righteousness.
Sheep without a shepherd are vulnerable, because they have no Shepherd to protect them with His rod and staff.
Oh, they had their religious leaders. But, those men did not care about the people. The Pharisees, the scribes and the Sadducees only cared about the people doing things their way.
They wanted the people to march to their tune; obey their rules and keep lining their pockets, so they could continue to live their lavish lifestyles. This kind of leadership is soundly condemned by God in Ezekiel 34:1-10.