My New Year’s Resolution

January 19, 2012

blog.jpgHow are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Doing okay? Broken any yet? Or, didn’t you make any?

I’ve only made one so far and we’ll see how I do as the year goes on.

My resolution is to be more compassionate: not only to witness to people about salvation and spiritual growth, but also to work harder at helping those in need, as we are so often commanded to do in Scripture. Both go hand in hand.

Showing compassion can take many forms. It can include helping our neighbor across the street, a person in our church, and being a hand extended toward the needy around the world by supporting one or more compassion ministries.

I’m glad AG World Missions puts an emphasis on compassion. Their four-point missions strategy includes evangelizing, planting indigenous churches and training believers. The last one states: “The showing of compassion for suffering people in a manner representing the love of Jesus Christ.”

Missionaries have discovered that meeting people’s physical needs often opens doors for the preaching of the gospel.

AG World Missions is involved in several compassion ministries, including orphanages, schools, feeding programs, medical and dental ministries, well-digging programs and many more.

Isaiah 58:10 assures us: “If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

Read the whole chapter to get a better idea of God’s heart toward the needy, how He wants us to respond — and the blessings we will receive when we do.

Click here to read an article we recently posted on this AGWM website that illustrates a need and how people are responding with godly compassion.

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