THURSDAY, JANUARY 9
“But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion”
Luke 10:33 (ESV)
THE MIND OF CHRIST: SEEING OTHERS WITH COMPASSION
The day before Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, he delivered his last speech to a crowd of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. The address is known as the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, and like many King speeches and sermons, it illustrates his knack for taking famous Bible stories and brushing off the dust of over-familiarity that has settled on them. In this speech, he looks to the well-known story of the “Good Samaritan.” King concluded the first question that the priest asked and the first question that the Levite asked was, ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ “But then the Good Samaritan came by, and he reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’”
When we have the mind of Christ often the question is reversed. When Jesus came to die for our sins His question was not “What will happen to Me?” Jesus’ questions was “What will happen to them if I don’t go to the cross?” And it was the compassion of Christ that moved Him to go to the cross where he suffered and died for our sins.
As a church we want to reverse the question. What will happen to our neighbors, city, schools, work places, nation and world if we don’t serve them out of compassion? As you think about your involvement in church ministry, local missions or foreign missions, has your excuse been “What will happen to me?” Ask God to grow your heart of compassion for the hurting.