Mission Moves Us
Message by Joshua Mutter – October 30, 2022
Big Idea – When we are compassionate, we point people to Jesus
…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16 NIV
Jesus tells us that others will notice when the ways of the Kingdom become a part of who we are.
Our acts of compassion can inspire questions that become a part of the spiritual journey of others.
Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” Matthew 8:23-27 NIV
Our acts of compassion may be viewed as disruptive.
The whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region. – Matthew 8:34 NIV
Our acts of compassion are opportunities for others to see God for themselves.
Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!”
Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man. Matthews 9:1-8 NIV
Our acts of compassion become stories that can be shared.
When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. News of this spread through all that region. Matthew 9:23-26 NIV
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