Notes by: Geneisha Davis
called: kaleo (kal-eh’-o); to “call”, bid, call (forth)
1 Peter 2:21
“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:”
I Peter 2:21 NKJV
In order for you to really walk in true calling, you have to understand true suffering.
-people want to be called, but they don’t want to suffer.
Nobody wants to go through any process of pain, that comes with the promise.
The first process of Jesus is that:
YOU ARE CALLED TO CARE
““For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 2:20-21 NKJV
-reflect on the compassion and care for God
-a lot of people have the mindset of “what can this do for me?”
-we care for ourselves, but do we care for others?
-if you say that you care, then why haven’t you displayed what caring looks like?
Some people care about themselves but not care the way that Jesus did
-to say that you care, but not act is not care at all
-true believers care about someone in need. We should be full of compassion
I’m called to care!
True compassion demands ACTION!
Compassion: splagchnizomai; feel deep sympathy, to be moved to action.
Examples of Jesus displaying action as a result of His compassion:
-some of your healing came from Jesus’ compassion
“And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.”
Matthew 14:14 NKJV
-some of your deliverance is from you being the byproduct of Jesus’ compassion from someone else interceding on your behalf. (Because Jesus saw and ACTED!)
“So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.”
Matthew 20:34 NKJV
-sometimes your extension of Christ can get someone else to follow Christ
“But the multitudes saw them departing, and many knew Him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to Him. And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.”
Mark 6:33-34 NKJV
⁃ The further you get from Christ, the less you care about what matters to Him and the more you care about yourself.
The Story of the Good Samaritan
Luke 10:25-28 & Luke 10:29-32
“And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it? ” So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ ” And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side.”
Luke 10:25-32 NKJV
Q: “How many people have you seen in need, yet you passed by?”
You’ve been operating outside of God’s will, yet He’s still been blessing you.
The priest duty was to offer sacrifice on behalf of the people.
Stop walking past half dead situations, knowing that you have resources
“but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.”
James 2:9-10 NKJV
Some people only help who you help because they look like someone who you want to help.
Q: Can we become so consumed in our religion that we ignore our relationships?
Sometimes you have to get pass your excuses, because we are called to have compassion and ACT on it!
Stop being so caught up in what you have going on, that you don’t display compassion.
Generally God will interrupt our schedule, it’s called a Divine Interruption.
1. INTERRUPTS (Luke 10:33-34)
“But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.”
Luke 10:33-34 NKJV
-during these times Jews were seen as half than a person, yet The Good Samaritan displayed compassion interrupted.
2. COSTS (Luke 10:35)
“On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’”
Luke 10:35 NKJV
3. CHANGE LIVES (Luke 10:36-37)
“So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.””
Luke 10:36-37 NKJV