In his book, “Taking The Risk Out Of Dying”, Lee Griess shares this true story.
Jack Casey was employed as an emergency worker on an ambulance rescue squad. When Jack was a child, he had oral surgery. Five teeth were to be pulled under general anesthetic, and Jack was fearful. What he remembers most, though, was the operating room nurse who, sensing the boy’s terror, said, “Don’t worry, I’ll be right here beside you no matter what happens.” When Jack woke up after the surgery, she was true to her word, standing right there beside him.
Nearly 20 years later, Jack’s ambulance team was called to the scene of a highway accident. A truck had overturned, the driver was pinned in the cab and power tools were necessary to get him out. However, gasoline was dripping onto the driver’s clothes, and one spark from the tools could have spelled disaster. The driver was terrified, crying out that he was scared of dying. So Jack crawled into the cab next to him and said, “Look, don’t worry, I’m right here with you; I’m not going anywhere.” And Jack was true to his word; he stayed with the man until he was safely removed from the wreckage.
Later the truck driver told Jack, “You were an idiot; you know that the whole thing could have exploded, and we’d have both been burned up!” Jack told him that he felt that he just couldn’t leave him.
Many years before, Jack had been treated compassionately by the nurse and, because of that experience, he could now show that same compassion to another. Receiving grace enabled him to give grace. Jesus said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you should wash one another’s feet.”
Have you received Compassion? If from no one else, you certainly have received compassion from Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul declared, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Now it is time to share it with someone else. The Lord has shown compassion to us in order that (1) We might receive it and that (2) We might share it with others in need.
It is tempting to live in our own little comfortable world, safely removed from those in need around us. It is safe and warm in our Comfort Zone. We don’t have to concern ourselves too much with those who are not part of it.
But Jesus entered our existence to bring Hope and Salvation to us when we could do Nothing about it for ourselves. And He calls us to bring that same message of Hope and Salvation to others in need.
Will you ask Jesus to open your eyes to see the needs around you? Will you ask Him to help you meet those needs in Jesus’ name? May our prayer be, “Lord, help us to love and help others as You have loved and helped us!”
This Sunday, January 30, Pastor Ron Peer will share a new “Compassion Sunday” challenge and inspiration. Please join us at 10:35am in the building or online for the Live broadcast on either Facebook (Honolulu AG) or our YouTube channel (Honolulu Assembly of God). It will also be uploaded later that afternoon here to our website.
This Sunday is also the last session of this year’s “Joy of Belonging” membership class. The information is helpful and valuable for every Christian, and is required if you are interested in membership here at Honolulu AG.
If you have not yet joined us for worship this new year of 2022, this Sunday is a great opportunity to start. Please either continue or begin the good habit of worshipping the Lord with your brothers and sisters every Sunday morning. It is good to be able to worship the Lord online, but it is even better if you can do so in person!
Coming Up: The 2022 Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 13. All members are urged to attend. We will be hosting Oahu’s 2022 Connect East fun gathering for women and teen girls on Saturday, February 26.
Aloha ke Akua!