Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Power of a NAME

This past Sunday we continued our SERIES "SPIRITUAL AGLEBRA" This entire series we are looking at several powerful equations we see in the Bible." You can listen to the podcast or download it at http://wyandottefamily.libsyn.com/  or on iTunes athttps://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wyandottefamilys-podcast/id990745253 

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For Part 4 the equation was, "See + Serve + Say = Significant Impact." We talked about how to truly make a difference and reach others with the love of Jesus in 2015. 

The first part of the equation is SEE. We were challenged to see people the way Jesus sees people. Well, how is that? With compassion. So often as followers of Christ it is so easy to become critical and hard hearted without even realizing it. It is easy to start grouping people together and stop caring for individuals. It's easy to call people atheists, agnostics, or closed minded. It's easy to say people are wicked and sinful. But when we see people that way, we are not seeing people the way Jesus does. When he saw the crowds He had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. 

When you begin to have compassion, you'll drop the stereotypes and start calling and caring for people by name (individuals). There is truly power in a name. Try praying for someone specifically by name on a daily basis. You'll watch your heart soften and the compassion of Jesus grow inside of you.

This very thing happened to King Saul. He stopped calling David by name because of the jealousy and anger in his heart. 

http://bible.com/116/1sa.20.27.nlt But when David’s place was empty again the next day, Saul asked Jonathan, “Why hasn’t the son of Jesse been here for the meal either yesterday or today?”

David and Saul were close at one point. David was faithful and loyal to the King. However, the further and further away from the heart of God Saul became, the less compassion he had. It got so bad that he didn't refer to David by name but simply, "The son of Jesse." 

May we also be full of compassion and love. No matter how dark our country and culture gets. Maybe we focus on people. May we value and love people. May we see people the way Jesus does, with compassion!

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