FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God.
Acts 3:9 (NLT)
THE INFLUENCE OF COMPASSION
Pastor Jack Graham tells of a speaking engagement in Philadelphia and slipping downtown to Independence Hall to reflect on the founding of our nation. He said, “As you move around the historical sites of that city you see the Word of God everywhere. It’s etched on buildings and even on the Liberty Bell itself, which says, ‘Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof’ (Leviticus 25:10). Scriptures are forever written into the history, the heart, and fabric of America. You see, the early Americans were patriots, but they were also believers. Those who settled this nation came here to advance the Christian faith and to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. But we have to admit that America has strayed far from those years of patriotism and spiritual revolution. In fact, it’s time for a spiritual revolution, a new American revolution that would help transform our culture and our country.”
God used the healing of the lame man in Acts 3 to write His power and love on the heart of a city. The people who knew this man’s sad past were amazed. Their amazement didn’t get them saved, but it did open them to listen to Peter’s sermon that followed, and God used that sermon to save 2,000 more in Acts 4:4.
On Sunday Mike made the statement, “Without compassion, our message will mostly fall on deaf ears. Let’s show Christ’s love to people today!” How do people receive a Christians message when they don’t sense compassion? What’s a way to communicate compassion as we share the gospel?
Praise God for the countless people who have been influenced by God’s work of compassion through our church.