Calling the compassionate:
We live in a world that tirelessly pursues comfort, success and happiness. If we, as believers, experience nothing but the benefits of this life, why would anyone take notice of the treasure we have in Christ and the hope we have of eternity with Him?
You and I have an average of 70-80 years on this earth. During those years we are bombarded with the temporary. Make money. Get stuff. Be comfortable . Live well. Have fun. In the middle of it all, we get blinded to the eternal.
But it’s there.
We can imitate God’s costly compassion by serving the orphan, the widow and the refugee because Christ purchased an indestructible treasure for us in heaven beyond anything we might risk losing in the vapour of this life. We will find that the path of greatest service is the path of maximum joy for our own souls.
We will all one day stand before God to give account of our stewardship of the time, resources, gifts and ultimately the gospel he has entrusted to us. When that day comes, I’m convinced we will not wish we had made more money, acquired more stuff, lived more comfortably, taken more vacations, watched more TV, pursued greater retirement, or been more successful in the eyes of this world. We will wish we had given more of ourselves to living for the day when every nation, tribe and tongue will gather around the throne and sing the praises of the Saviour who delights in radical obedience and the God who deserves our eternal worship.*
Compassion is always costly, but the rewards are out of this world.
Join us at Berkeley to step into the work that brings great reward.
* thoughts from ‘Radical ‘ by David Platt