“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me , you who practice lawlessness .’
Matthew 7:21-23 NASB
What is the law? The instruction? Not the restrictions, but the guidance of God’s will?
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, ” ‘ you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart , and with all your soul , and with all your mind .’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘ you shall love your neighbor as yourself .’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:36-40 NASB
Love God, Love Others. No where does God say to love ourselves above others or Him.
Does our motivation come from having pitty or feeling fulfilled, or are we simply living our faith out with the fruit of love?
For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Matthew 7:14 NASB
I have a hunch that if grace and mercy are not pouring from your life, it wasn’t truly received. We want to live in this comfortable world that comforts ourselves.
Do compassionate ministries operate on wrong motives?
I recently got acquainted with a well known evangelist within the denomination I am involved with. Doctrinally, he seems to have his own flavor of holiness, but to get to the point, I have heard him say some troubling things. During a campmeeting while preaching, he mentioned he missed a call and received a voicemail from man with suicidal thoughts. This evangelist continued to call this man ‘selfish’ and ‘full of himself’. Apparently the evangelist didnt think this was worth any sympathy. This same evangelist, while I was attending his church, said he didn’t care if homeless people froze to death. He was more concerned they knew Jesus.
How would they come to know Jesus through this man? If he isn’t doing as Jesus commands?
There are many excuses for this idea of evangelism over compassion, but if there is no compassion there is no evangelism.
We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
1 John 3:16-18 NASB
Let us not close our hearts to our brothers!
If God’s love abides in us then love will be flowing out in abundance to others.
“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
Matthew 25:31-40 NASB
Are you going to be a sheep? See how they didn’t even think they earned being His. They were doing what love prompted them to do.
Actions that are responses of love have no motives. Love does what is needed without a focus on reward.
“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Matthew 25:41-46 NASB
Let us focus on having the heart and compassion of Christ. Not the spread of what Christ did, but let Christ show what His love is through us.