What Type of Servant Am I?

What type of servant am I? This is personal.

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Sometimes, I literally cry because of the lack of compassion that we, as servants, fail to show others.  I was not always this way. I learned that I need compassion. I am thankful for God’s compassion. Each day, he shows this type of compassion because each day I have “NEW” mercy.

Wounds You Can Not See

I have wounds and scars that you cannot see. We all do. But Jesus was wounded for our transgressions. Yes, i.e., stupidity, sins, lack of knowledge that robs others and stands in the way of their salvation.

I have been the transgressor who caused wounds in others. How? When I refused to show mercy, I caused wounds out of stupidity; yet, Jesus taught, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy (Matthew 5:7 NKJV).

Wounds need healing; they do not need poison.  The scriptures tell of a “balm (b-a-l-m) in Gilead.”  This means a healing, soothing, restoring medicine that comes through Jesus Christ. Internal wounds are the most difficult to see and appreciate. For the human, internal wounds are especially difficult to understand for they manifest outwardly through unusual human behaviors. Wounded people hurt others because they are deeply scared, fractured, broken.

You cannot treat these types of wounds with deadly poison with words and deeds. It becomes devastating and short-sighted. It is even more devastating when we as the body of Christ do it and call it the Lord’s work.

Empathy Towards Another

As I revisited the book of Jonah, I am pressed to think about empathy. You know the story of Jonah, the preacher, who was swelt up by a great fish and stayed in the belly of the fish three days and three nights because of his disobedience to God. While in the belly of the fish, Jonah said he went down to the to the roots of the mountains where he sank down; but the Lord brought him up from the pit (paraphrasing Jonah 2:6).  It was in a pit situation that Jonah prayed to the Lord; the Lord heard his repentance. Jonah vowed to preach, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’ God showed Jonah compassion. Then God caused the great fish to vomit him up to dry land (verse 10).

I hope I am a compassionate one. As a young child, I remember how the preached messages of destruction, finger-pointing, and filthy rags, provoked me to fear God. Those fire and brimstone messages demoralized me as an unjust creature and deserved to go to hell. Hell was the place for the adulterer, the immoral, the liar, thief, the unsaved, the smoker, the drunker, the dancer…the list went on.  What chance did I have?

Thank God for the message of “Salvation is from God.” He loves me just as I am. He is the Rock of Ages. It is the compassionate Christ that drew me to Him. His Holy Spirit will direct my path. Although I am imperfect, He is perfect and He will perfect those things concerning me.

That is the message that this servant leader wants to share. Salvation is from God. God is love. He loves you. He is faithful. He can bind up your wounds. He is our hope; . Like the people of Nineveh did, pray, repent and watch what God will do – He is the compassionate God who shows mercy. Because He showed me mercy, this servant leader must reciprocate.

It does not mean we will not talk about hell. But, it will not be in turns of hopelessness but hope. Hell is real. But this servant knows of the Lord who the scripture declares that:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your (His) faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23 New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition (NRSV).

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