Clergy View: Follow Jesus’ example
Jesus’ perfect life on earth was needed to provide the way to eternal life with Him in heaven. His life on earth was an example to all of us.
A small act of compassion and kindness can go a long way.
I know I have often found myself tired, worn out and discouraged. I remember a time a few years back that I was diagnosed with a serious kidney issue. When the doctor informed me of what they thought it was, I was saddened and so I took some time to assess my life more closely. It was a disease that had only treatments to help manage it, but nothing to get rid of it. I shared with my family and close friends about the situation and what I currently knew. That is when it happened — people encouraged me, prayed for me and checked in on me. As a pastor I know that I am never alone (Matthew 28:20), Jesus walks with me every step of the way, but I believe he also uses other people as well to be his “hands and feet.”
I had some additional appointments with no change in my diagnosis, so the doctors decided to perform a kidney biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. I posted a video on Facebook to share with additional family and friends what was going on, but wanted to ask them for their prayers. What I received was much more than I had imagined. People I had not talked to in years were leaving me messages and texting me. I believe it was Jesus’ way of using others to show compassion, love and kindness when I needed it most.
I received the biopsy results and they discovered the original diagnosis was incorrect; it was something called Minimal Change Disease. I was literally stunned; this was treatable. I shared with my family and friends the results and found out I knew two people who had the same thing. I was never alone. Fast forward, I am in remission and feeling much better.
When Jesus came to earth, he lived a perfect life, something that none of us can do (Romans 3:23). However he came as a humble servant, he was a king and creator of all things (Colossians 1:16). Yet in His infinite wisdom he came to seek and save the lost. The Jewish world of the time was looking and waiting for the promised Messiah foretold in the Old Testament scriptures. They thought he would come as a king to overthrow the existing government and establish his own. However, God’s plan was much different than expected. He sent his son, Jesus, to earth to live amongst us and die in our place.
Jesus’ perfect life on earth was needed to provide the way to eternal life with Him in heaven. His life on earth was an example to all of us. While on earth he cared deeply for those that were in despair, marginalized by society and had nothing. Matthew 9:36-38 says, “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. Jesus has called us to continue his work by living out our faith by showing compassion, demonstrating love in action and providing care and concern and sharing about how to have eternal life (Romans 6:23).
We all have stuff and we always will, but let’s challenge ourselves to follow Jesus’ example and show care to family, friends and strangers. Your act of love and compassion will change someone’s life.