When Our Safety Withholds Someone's Blessing
Posted: Saturday, January 17
Verse of the day:
I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices. For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath! (Matthew 12:7-8)
In Matthew chapter twelve, Jesus comes to the synagogue and notices a man with a withered hand. The pharisees engage the opportunity to accuse Jesus of working on the Sabbath. Jesus’ actions are driven by one thing: compassion. When Jesus encounters suffering, he moves to action. He always moves.
I’ve spent a lot of years of my life in church. I know the guidelines and the expectations. (I was a master at Junior Bible Quiz!) My confession, however, is that far too often my compassion lays dormant. I want to move to action. Whether it’s Sunday or Thursday, I never want to allow my safety to withhold someone else’s blessing. Jesus said it best:
“If you had a sheep that fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you work to pull it out? Of course you would. And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, the law permits a person to do good on the Sabbath.”