ESOCS Devotional 6 June
TEXT: JOHN 6:1-20
MEMORY VERSE: “When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat?” John 6:5 KJV
The ministry of Jesus was characterized by compassion; hence, it is one of the secrets of His success. Anyone who must succeed in ministry, leadership, business, family, and other spheres of life, must make compassion the watch word. Compassion can be defined as compounded passion or love in action; the proof of love is in the action. If truly you love as is the claim, then act it, show working. Compassion could also been seen as affliction motivated motion, being moved by the challenges of others. Your motive is what determines your motion in life. God dwells in the realm of compassion, that is His main essence and it fails not (Lam. 3:22).
Thus, anytime you operate in compassion you are connected to divine frequency, and you are ready to move the challenges and problems of men by the unction. It is the channel of power conduction from God through man to man. Nothing triggers the flow of power of God in the life of his servants like having deep compassion for others. Everything that Jesus did was all motivated by compassion. Our anchor scripture is clear on this. The moment he saw the multitude, a deep feeling was ignited that birthed His compassion for them. Without an iota of doubt, this singular compassion Jesus had for the multitude moved Him to find a solution to their problem; hence, provoked the miracle of feeding five thousand men with only five loaves of bread and two fishes.
Hear this, what you can feel determines what you can heal, what moves you determines what God wants to move through you. Jesus felt the pain of the people; He placed himself in their shoes and could not have let them go without providing a solution. This is instructive for leaders, ministers, and servants of God to learn to feel the pain of the people. Do not ignore the challenges of your members. As much as policies and protocols are important, allow compassion to prevail in all circumstances of life. Let your heart always be with the people each time. Did you also notice that what Jesus felt the disciples did not feel? He had to call them specially to communicate His feelings. No wonder the difference in level of impact they made is very noticeable. Therefore, for anyone who must go far in life, ministry, and in power with God, you must always be compassionate towards others. Do not always expect others to have the same compassion or feeling you have, where necessary, communicate it to them. As you teach faith, show love (compassion); faith is impotent in the absence of love (Gal. 5:6). Compassion is superior to faith; faith can fail but love never fails. As you pray for the people, give them what they need also.
BOTTOM LINE: The tap of compassion can turn on the flow of the supernatural.
- Take time to meditate and feel what it means to be in a particular challenge.
- Let your prayer come out of a strong feeling you have for the people.
- Do not exercise faith on the people without love; that will be wickedness.
PRAYER POINT: Father thank you for your word; give me the grace for compassion of heart that is easily moved by the challenges of others, in Jesus name. Amen.
FURTHER READING: 1 Samuel 30:18-31; 31:1–13; John 6:21-40