Compassionate Humility

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:35–38, NIV 1984).

When [Jesus] had finished washing [His disciples’] feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:12–17, NIV 1984).

My Musings – He set many examples for us to follow. These are just two of them. In your honest opinion, how do you think we are doing? Are we a compassionate people, with sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings and misfortunes of the harassed and helpless? Are we a humble people, seeking to serve those who are “beneath” us, rather than being served by them? Even if they are entering our country illegally? Even if they do not look like us, speak the same language as us, have the same values as us? Are there any lives that do not matter? Even if they sin differently (we think worse) than we do? Which of these kept Jesus from the cross? Which of these make us unwilling to take up our cross and follow Jesus? Are we “greater than [the] Master?

My Advice – We will be taken advantage of by some of these. We are not responsible for how they respond to us. Only how we respond to the Master’s example. Respond with compassion and humility. “You will be blessed if you do.

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. (James 2:14–18, NIV 1984).