God’s Heart Being Formed in You

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Few things shape our Christian character like learning to have compassion for others! God will work profoundly in you as you have compassion on others.

As Christians, the Apostle Paul instructs us to care for each other. Galatians 6:2-3 (NLT) says, “Share each other’s troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody” The Apostle Paul told us that God created us to be a blessing and help to each other. Jesus modeled the selfless life, not the selfish life.

I grew up watching my mother (a wonderful and amazing woman who has gone home to be with the Lord) worry about everyone. She felt that worry equaled compassion. That’s not really true! Caring for others equals compassion, but worrying does not. Jesus said worrying can’t add a thing to our life. Caring for others—understanding what you can do and what you can’t do, does work. This took me many years for me to sort out.

There are times when we feel the burden to help many, just a few, or sometimes just one person. There are times when we can do something actively and there are other times when we’ve been given an assignment by God’s Spirit to pray. There are times when I go to the hospital to pray for someone from our church. There are other times when I am being pulled to my knees to pray.

Before I prayed, I wanted to read God’s Word and see what He would lead me in to pray. He was ever so faithful. In Psalm 115 the Lord was reminding me that the world looks to idols— systems or things people lean upon in trouble that can’t really help them. In the old days, these were literally idols carved or shaped from something. Today they’re sophisticated systems that are supposed to solve all our problems only they never do. Putting trust in them is like putting trust in idols.

Psalm 115:4-8 described them like this: “Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands. They cannot talk, though they have mouths, or see, though they have eyes! They cannot hear with their ears, or smell with their noses, or feel with their hands, or walk with their feet, or utter sounds with their throats! And those who make them are just like them, as are all who trust in them.”

I’m sure none of you are sitting around praying to idols as just described, but are you looking to the Lord for your help? For me, I am not God and can’t solve all the problems that people I love have. But that doesn’t mean I abandon them in thought or caring. No, I do what I can, not what I can’t. And today, the Lord showed me that the most powerful thing I could do was lift them before Him today! Not only does it honor God, but it brings their needs before the throne of Heaven. I did so and felt the burden I woke up with lift from me. I left it at God’s throne! I prayed for you today!

Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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