COMPASSION! At Caribbean Vision Ministries, where I have served for many years, we love partnering with Three Strands in Haiti as they provide, “compassionate, sustainable, comprehensive health care” to the Haitian people. I wish I could say that all health care providers who claim to provide “compassionate” care really do. But I have discovered over the years that is not always the case. An organization may say they desire and have a goal to provide “compassionate” care but the bottom line is far too many employees of the organization may not have the same goal. Praise God for all those who actually do provide compassionate care. I think far too many people in health care view their job as just a job to earn money while not really being concerned about quality care for the patients they “minister” to. The same is probably true for those in many professions today. It is a concern today that many people fall far short in compassion toward other people. This raises a great concern for those in our hospitals, nursing homes, rehab facilities and other areas of life that have no one to lift a voice of advocacy for them.
Which brings me to this point; people all around us are on the road to hell and I wonder how many Christians are really concerned about that and have compassionate hearts that drive them to be advocates for the lost and pray for them and reach out in compassionate concern toward them. Does our professed compassion for the lost really match up to our life styles and priorities? All of those needing health care and who receive either compassionate health care or non-compassionate health care will eventually die and they will spend eternity in heaven or hell. So will everyone else healthy or not. Jesus is our example in what we should do to help these people.
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few,’” (Matthew 9:35-37 NIV). Then Jesus called for prayer and then he sent workers out into the harvest fields to present an offer of salvation. If we really have compassion for the lost it should produce action on our part to reach them for Christ. We should not just say we have compassion but we should demonstrate it. Like Jesus we should present to others God’s offer of salvation.("Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis).