“Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately, they received their sight and followed Him.” – Matthew 20:34
Two blind men, seated by the side of the road, heard that Jesus was going by, so they shouted out for Him to be merciful. Jesus, despite the crowd’s determination to deter Him from the duo that was crying out, stopped in the middle of His movement, and came close. He asked them what they wanted, and their response was likely bold and full of belief, as they said, “we want our sight.” They knew their own need for mercy, and Jesus came close with compassion and touched those thought to be untouchable. The instant His hands extended and touched, both blind men immediately received their sight and set out to follow Him who had healed.
The compassion of Christ as He came close, the belief of the blind that led to blessing, and the present power to heal held in His hands, made a mere moment move lives and hearts so that they would find and follow He who forgives and holds our forever in His hands.
Compassion goes beyond care and concern. Compassion calls the compassionate to action. It requires that we come close and act on the observed need and actually do something to help change the circumstances.
In this blessed season of celebration, there are many with great needs – both known and unknown. What can I do to come close and show Christ to those in crisis?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son so that we might see the loving heart of You, Lord; full of compassion and fueled by love. Forgive us Father for knowing needs and doing nothing. Teach us to trust You for strength and supply, so that we might draw near to need and give – of ourselves, our resources, our time, our heart – just as You have given unto us. Lead us Lord to truly love like You, so that we might be compassionate in a way that conveys Christ to those in crisis. Use us Lord to touch lives and transform communities, as we love others as You have first loved us. Amen.
Please enjoy this song, Little Things, by JJ Heller, that so profoundly demonstrates how much the little things can make a difference.