Becoming Jesus (Part One: Compassion)

Today we begin our latest semester of Life Groups with a 5-week series/study called, "Becoming Jesus."

Most of us here would call ourselves a Christian. Most of us have asked Jesus to come into our lives and forgive us of our sins. It is what transpires after that that brings a separation.

Many of you jump in with all you've got. For others, this relationship with God isn't so all-consuming. This month, I get to talk to all of us, and share things that are relevant to both sides of the spectrum.

Text: Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

Now that we are children of God, this is how the life of Christ in us is lived out. "Clothe yourself with compassion." We are to manifest compassion and be seen as people who are compassionate.

Compassion is having a sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.

Read the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37. The priest and Levite did not help the man who had been beaten and robbed. Jesus does not say they were evil. They probably weren't evil, vile, wicked men. They just didn't get involved. Perhaps they were busy. Perhaps they were so busy doing good things and things that honored the Lord that they missed the character and heart of God - which is compassion for all of us.

It is easy to do. We are all busy. Phones with email and texts, laptops, appointment, school, work, church, sports and on and on. We just pray to God that none of us get in a ditch 'cause "ain't nobody got time for that."

Be clothed with the same compassion that Jesus showed in Luke 5:12-14, 17-26; Luke 13:34, Luke 6, and John 6.

How Do We Keep a Tender Heart?

1. Remember our story.

2. Be present.

3. Be willing to get dirty.