Read Day #8 in Come With Me Devotional: A Yearlong Adventure in Following Jesus
Jesus cares, or does he?
I always want to be honest with you, but today I’m vulnerable before you. This past year has been hard on my faith.
Not on my faith in Jesus, but my faith in people. It feels like we’ve forgotten how to be kind. It feels like we have forgotten Jesus’ mandate to love the poor, to take care of the widow, to free the oppressed. We seem to delight in debates and being right, or taking stands of truth but forgetting grace or mercy — or the fact that we too fall short.
For awhile I was unfollowing people I really like in person, but not so much on social media. I did it because I was so discouraged by the words that tumbled from their fingertips.
Even as I type this, I know my words can be misconstrued. As if I’m pointing at my brothers and sisters in Christ and judging them. Please know that I’m looking in the mirror today (well, not that close since I had surgery on my face yesterday), but internally I’m asking the Holy Spirit to search my heart first, long before I look at anyone else.
Am I reflecting Jesus to the world around me?
Does Jesus care?
In a world where genocide, sexual abuse, massive natural disasters, violence, and harsh words against each other is our norm, that seems like an honest question.
Let’s look at Jesus for our answer.
In Luke 5, Jesus is at the end of a long day. He’s rebuked demonic (evil) influence, coming against hell itself. He has dealt with difficult people. He’s taught crowds. He’s healed Peter’s mother-in-law from a serious fever that could take her life.
It’s time to eat. It’s time to rest. It’s time to sleep.
The problem is that when Peter’s mother-in-law climbs from her bed completely well, the news spreads fast and people grab their loved ones and they flock to Jesus, asking him to pray for them.
And he does. He prays, and he prays, and he prays, until the sun goes down.
He cared about them over his own comfort.
He cared about the world beyond his own life.
He cares about you.
Which means that we are called to care too.
We can’t deny that the world is upside-down right now. It would be too easy for us to get in a rut where we point out what everybody else is doing wrong, or get sad about it.
Or we can do what Jesus calls us to do.
Today’s invitation is two-part:
One, if you are struggling in mind, body, or soul, whisper Jesus’ name because he does care about you. Don’t let anyone tell you different.
Two, if you know of someone struggling in mind, body, or soul, show them you care. It doesn’t have to be big. When we show up in his name, it can make a huge difference.
We often think that loving people in his name is just about telling them about Jesus. While that’s an incredible and humbling invitation, there are often barriers that stand in the way. They are disappointed in people. They are disappointed in themselves. They have been hurt by someone who called themselves a believer, but their actions didn’t follow. They are confused by Christianity, or so hungry for truth that they can’t see straight but they don’t know if it’s for them.
Compassionate faith breaks down those barriers, brick by brick.
These are a just a few things that show someone you care:
Pray for someone, then send them a text letting them know you are praying.
Bring a hot meal to an elderly person.
Give a hug to someone who is sad.
Sit with someone who is in a hard place. Give no advice. Just be there.
Send a handwritten card.
Pay for a tank of gas.
Send a donation to hurricane, fire, or disaster relief (it all adds up).
Help someone with a task that is easy for you, but unfamiliar to another.
Help someone winterize their car.
Buy a sack of groceries.
Offer to let a new or single mom take a nap, while you watch the children.
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Jesus cares. Thank goodness for that truth. Let’s accept the invitation to receive his care, and to care for others in his name.
21 Life Changing Invitations as We Walk with Jesus
Invitation #8: If you are struggling, whisper his name for he cares for you. If you know of someone struggling, show them you care.
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT)
- According to 2 Corinthians 1:4, how might our past struggles help us help others?
- What is one thing that someone did that broke down a faith barrier for you (recently or in the past)?
- Do something kind or generous for someone today.
- Do it as quietly as possible. “Don’t let the right hand know what the left is doing.” (Matthew 6:3)
- If you need prayer today, or just need to know that Jesus cares, wave your hand here today. Share that need below. The prayer team would love to pray for you.
Christmas is coming in 58 days. Can you think of someone who longs to walk more closely with Jesus?
I received this note from a woman just this week. She was the recipient of some of the 200 devotionals that we gave away during pre-launch. This is what she had to say:
I placed a copy of Come With Me Devotional in the hands of a young woman who came into our pregnancy center who has really struggled to read the Bible, but has a hunger for God’s Word. She said that she loves how this devotional takes one passage from the Bible and explains it. She’s so excited! MW, Women’s Resource Center
- Maybe you know of someone who longs to walk with Jesus closer. Ask the Lord to show you that one. Place a copy of Come With Me Devotional: A Yearlong Adventure in Following Jesus in her hands.