Talk is cheap unless you live out what you believe. If you could emulate one person, Jesus set the bar for humanitarianism. Displaying more than compassion, Jesus made himself available to those in need.
A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” – Mark 1:40.
Primed by prayer, Jesus lent a helping hand while others were hesitant to act. Disregarding what other religious leaders thought, Jesus made himself available to social outcasts. Not afraid of contracting leprosy, Jesus’ touch led to a new lease on life.
Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed. – Mark 1:41-42
Today, I usually allow time to be an excuse for my lack of action. As the church goes on in the safety of its own building, the hungry, hurting and needy are waiting for a modern day Jesus. May a spirit of empathy inspire souls to reach out, get involved and demonstrate more than compassion.
by Jay Mankus