Compass Point #21

Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus’ feet, he implored him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. Luke 8:40–42 (ESV)

Jesus was no stranger to suffering. He experienced it daily in the lives of people He came into contact with. What is so interesting is how Jesus responded. When you or I encounter a need, we usually go through some type of triage process to determine how intensive someone’s need is and what it would cost us to help. If the cost is too high, we walk away. If the cost is low enough, we might get involved.

Jesus didn’t go through this ranking of needs. Instead, when He saw a need, He met it. Even when he is engaged and busy, Jesus took time to stop and help those who were hurting and He is calling us to do the same. What would it look like to step into the lives of others and be a stronghold of hope during a very dark time? You likely come into contact with people in need on a regular basis who may not have anyone else to help. It’s more than giving a handout or a shoulder to cry on. Intervening in the needs of others is the very ministry of Jesus. Will you choose to see the needs of people that will cross your path, today?

Truth: Jesus demonstrated care and concern for those who were struggling.

Question: How sensitive are you to seeing those who are in need?

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