Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas in the Country = Compassion!

There is a lot of buzz about the coming “Christmas in the Country” day on Sunday, December 15th. The church has been excitedly preparing for this opportunity to reach out to the community and the area and touch some people with some very real needs.  I have always been impressed with the heart people of this congregation to respond to the call to help minister to people in need. It clearly shows the love of God and the real compassion of Christ.

Peter writes that we are all to “have compassion for one another.” Compassion is seeing someone who is in trouble or in a hard situation, making an identity with them, and responding to their need by doing something to help them. The afternoon of December 15th, we will have the privilege of serving people who will be coming into the church between 1 and 3 p.m. We will provide gifts and food and share the love of Jesus with them. At 2 p.m. there will be a Christmas musical for all who wish to attend and some surprise gifts will be given.

Our vision statement is to “Know God - Grow People - Love the World.” As “kings and priests” unto the Lord, we have a ministry of representing God to the people, and representing the people to God. Our priestly duty is to step out of ourselves and what’s comfortable for us, to touch someone else on behalf of God through the kindness and love of Christ in action. When we can better understand what others are going through, it will help us to have real compassion toward others in their need.

“Christ Jesus had to become just like us in everything, that he might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people; for in that he himself has suffered, being tested, he is able to help us when we are being tested.” Jesus qualified for His priestly role by identifying with us in every way. That’s how He understands our weaknesses. Our priestly role is perfected when we take time to understand and care for others who are weak. When we care enough to understand where others come from with their needs, we will be led to a place of compassion towards them. Let’s make this Christmas a time to give the gift of UNDERSTANDING and COMPASSION.