“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14
Jesus says that there is one force in this world that can shed light in a dark world. That force is the church, which is made up of people. How brightly is your light shining? Are you involved in activities that will cause someone to say what a Good God there is? Maybe your wattage is dim; does your bulb say 25w or 40w or does it say 150w?
Showing compassion to the world is what we are called to do. We are not called to judge the world, but to love those in this world, just like Jesus did. It is so easy to become hard in this world and to rationalize why we should not help those less fortunate. However, when we show unconditional love to a broken world it gets peoples attention. Maybe it’s going on a short term mission trip or simply finding a way to serve your neighbor or that person that you know that is having a hard time. It can be taking the time to listen to them and then pray with them. Sending an encouraging note or text and being available. Compassion can come in many shapes and forms.
Here are three reasons why we should engage in acts of compassion:
- When you let your light shine it will change you.
Most people look for happiness in the wrong things. Looking to things like money, a new home, a new job, getting married or even getting out of a marriage. Those things don’t bring us happiness. When people focus on others, they are happy, when people focus on themselves, they get depressed. When you get to the end of your life the best memories will be of when you blessed the lives of others. When you start showing compassion to others, you start to change yourself and your outlook on life.
I recently took a group of people to Buffalo New York to love and serve a poor neighborhood with an organization called Eight Days of Hope. Hundreds of people came together and served people in need. We fixed up homes, but we also listened to the homeowners and prayed with them. We built a connection and a relationship. Trips like that will change your life.
- You change the world one person at a time.
We all are among the richest people in the world. Most people in this world don’t have anything. We don’t realize this until we go and see how other people live in other countries or other neighborhoods. Showing compassion can start right here in our own backyards. When you start looking for people that need help and people that need encouragement, your eyes are opened to a whole new world. Every day we come into contact with people that need our compassion. When was the last time you did an intentional act of kindness for someone? Who is your one person?
- It does something to the heart of God – It blesses God.
Think about your own children, if they hurt you hurt. Think about how much God loves His children and how much He must hurt when his children are struggling and hurting. Jesus said, “Whatever you did for the least of these you did for me.” Have you turned any heads lately with your light?
Most people start out with good intentions, but then get busy and preoccupied and forget about all the other people out there. We forget that the local church is in the people saving and serving business. I believe that the local church is the hope of the world, and that together the church can make a huge impact in our communities and around the world. Let your light shine!