“Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have . . . nothing to eat.
And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way. Then His disciples said, where could we get enough bread . . . Jesus said, How many loaves do we have? . . . And they said, seven, and a few little fish. He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke and gave them . . . So they all ate and were filled . . . seven large baskets . . . were left. Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.” -Matthew 15:32-38
When touched by the presence of God, you begin to see people differently. “Compassion” begins to move you into a realm of capability; whereas in sympathy you’re left with only condolences, sorrow, and no time or ability to really help people.
Compassion has a heart that yearns for people, it cannot keep quiet or still, it screams with action, and it wants to help. Jesus put to use what He had.
Compassion is never on a budget or concerned about what little it has when helping those fainting in life. Compassion always ends up in a state of more than enough. “Seven large baskets . . . that were left.”
Jesus “broke” the bread and fish “and gave them.” Two things must be broken when spiritually feeding the lost:
#1: You must be humble and obedient before the Lord,
#2: The word of God must be “rightly divided” or broken down in love for people to receive and understand the Lord’s ways.
Jesus does not want to leave people spiritually hungry and weak. The heart of compassion is that everyone is taken care of. This compassion always gives and compensates those in need.
The Last Supper was an illustrated sermon for Jesus’ disciples to do likewise, set a table of bread before those in life to feed their spirit. John 6:53
Most Christians, like Jesus’ own disciples are so caught up in their own affairs and distracted by their own problems, they cannot see anyone else, much less the multitudes.
How much of your time and energy is centered around “me, my and mine?”
Are you sensitive to the needs of those you pass by on a daily basis?
When you care for people, the Lord will take great care of you!