A Heart For The Poor

Let the radical become the ordinary!

The closer we are the more we learn.

Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone!

Compassion is a decision, not an emotion.

The clean makes the unclean clean.

Pray to see the face of Jesus in the beggar so we can serve Him.

Obey as best we can – love the poor.

Just let those statements sit with you for a while before you continue to read.

I have just come back from a weekend away at a student and 20’s camp. This time has been such an amazing time for many reasons but the one thing that still remains at the forefront of my mind are the statements above. One of the seminars was lead by an English guy called Tim Tucker who is the National Director of The Message in South Africa – he was speaking on ‘A Heart For The Poor’. I went into the seminar not expecting too much but wow, how God has a way of using someone.

Micah 6v8 – do justice and love kindness.

Colossians 3v12 – put on then, holy and beloved compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.

Luke 4v18 – He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.

Some amazing verses – challenging verses that I struggle with on a daily a basis but something I want to strive to do.

In Mark 1v40 we read about Jesus cleansing a leper.

1 – Jesus spent time with the leper, who would have been recognized in those times as dirty people.

2- Jesus had compassion on the leper.

3 – Jesus touched the leper, which was unheard of at those times.

4 – Jesus healed the leper.

5 – Jesus swopped places with the leper – Jesus couldn’t go back into the town now and was in the desolate place where the leper would have most likely been living.

This to me shows just exactly who Jesus was when He was on this earth. It shows who God is. It makes me want to be more like Him.

When God created the world His original intention was abundance and equality – this has been lost. Can we regain it? YES! How? Through Jesus…..

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