We all need someone to step in and help every once in a while.
Lost dogs, car troubles, breakups, makeups, unemployment, hunger, thirst, homelessness – you name it – it is happening to someone now.
Some people go through life as though God’s going to swoop in for others and save the day. Provide a solution for every need. Like there is nothing, humanly speaking, to do.
So they don’t.
It’s true, I know, there’s as much need in the world as people. How can you make a difference, anyway? There are so many people, too many problems, so little time…and only one of you.
Congratulations. You’re immune to the disease called compassion.
I know, it’s hideous. It creeps in when no one is looking and messes up your life. It breaks into that cocoon you’ve painstakingly built around you. It interrupts the silence of your emotional abyss.
I hope that it does. Because if everyone gets infected with compassion, then God will have His way. The hungry will get fed. The poor will get help. The naked – clothed. The homeless will get shelter.
There are more solutions than problems
Because as many problems as there are in the world there are more solutions. It’s just like food. There is more than enough food in the world to feed everyone, but people are going hungry like crazy. And it’s more than poor management, although that may be a reason (hmmm, think Obamacare. I’m just sayin’).
There are overwhelmingly more people in the world with greater time, resources, and brains to set it right. They’re just convinced that if they step out of their emotional stupor and actually do something that somehow they’ll miss out.
But I won’t get the new car…my kids will miss football practice…I’ll miss American Idol…my wife will be upset…that’ll cost money…or time…or tears….
If you have all things but don’t have a heart, you have nothing
If you have the time, money, and brains to help solve a person’s problems and do nothing, what does that make you? What do you call that?
I hate to break it to you, but you’ve got another disease, a nasty one. It’s kept the fullness of God’s kingdom life from taking over on earth for many centuries now. It’s called selfishness.
Jesus knew all about it:
But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire compassion, and not a sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.
Matthew 12: 7
God’s program for helping people is you. You are a superhero. You are the swooper that saves the day. The problem is your heart. It’s so hard and heavy that a forklift won’t budge it.
God kicks religion in the pants
God clobbers folks that seem religious, people who act more like children than kingdom citizens. Religion is a form of godliness that man takes and makes into something else. A placebo. A synthetic, feeble counterfeit.
Read the chapter of Isaiah 58 if you don’t believe me.
Here’s an excerpt:
“Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself?
Is it for bowing one’s head like a reed
And for spreading out sackcloth and ashes as a bed?
Will you call this a fast, even an acceptable day to the Lord?
“Is this not the fast which I choose,
To loosen the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the bands of the yoke,
And to let the oppressed go free
And break every yoke?
“Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry
And bring the homeless poor into the house;
When you see the naked, to cover him;
And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
“Then your light will break out like the dawn,
And your recovery will speedily spring forth;
And your righteousness will go before you;
The glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
“Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
You will cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you remove the yoke from your midst,
The pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness,
And if you give yourself to the hungry
And satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
Then your light will rise in darkness
And your gloom will become like midday.”
People wonder why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world. They wonder why kingdom life seems more like a fairy tale than reality. Isaiah explains a lot. Basically, Christians are superheroes. The word Christian means “Little Christ”. “Little messiah”. Savior. Like Jesus. You.
But there are requirements, it seems. Slavery and oppression must go. You must crucify the lies that you believe. Put them to death. You must slay accusation and judgment. Those two dragons will not just fly off on their own. They’ll kick, scream, spray great gouts of flame and acid in your face, but go they must.
God is essentially saying, “Look, religion means to help those who need it. Do it, and life will be better for everyone. Be My vessel. Do it in My name, just like Jesus.”
What good is having the Holy Spirit if you ignore Him? You are a container, a clay pot, a bucket…whatever. If you’re full of yourself…guess who you’re not full of? Who’s waiting in the wings, aching to do something heroic, while you’re off getting your jollies?
Intervention that’s truly divine
Divine intervention is when your heart breaks and you start to get it. When you stop hiding from your own flesh, like God said. Your brothers and sisters outside of your door. Yep. He means people. All of them. Race, color, and religion mean nothing.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there! Do something! Let’s end slavery and oppression. We can do it, because God says we can.
Get infected with compassion. Stop looking at others like it’s not your problem. Start standing on truth like God means it.
Tell us how you make your stand in the comments below!