ReDiscovering Lent-April 2

April_22 April – Barry Howard, Chief Financial Officer – Motivations?

Matthew 20:30-34

And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” and Jesus stopped and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”… They said to Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.”… Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.

As Jesus was about to enter Jerusalem, prior to Passover, ever closer to His impending suffering and death, He never wavered from this vital aspect of his life, calling, and ministry; a calling which we at World Relief embrace as our own. The suffering of the most vulnerable, though their cries may be stifled by crowds and pressing crises, seem always to remain high on the Lord’s list of priorities, both then and now. As we partner with Him in all the aspects of our work, let us not forget that, even as Jesus was about to make His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, two blind men crying out amongst the throng were enough to make him stop and demonstrate love. Why? Because he was moved with compassion.

What are your motivations for serving the most vulnerable? Does your labor overflow from a heart of compassion, rather than an intellectual understanding that “helping others is noble”? If not, press into your Father in prayer and ask him to instill Jesus’ heart for those who suffer. Let your work unto the Lord be the result of his wellspring of compassion flowing through you.

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