Sometimes it has been struggle for me to truly and deeply receive God’s love for myself. Nevertheless, when I spend time in His presence I sense His love and compassion for others. I know that He is a God of love with everlasting concern for fallen humanity. His Spirit is the Spirit of love. His love is big enough for me and wide enough to wrap the whole world in His arms.
One of my favorite Scriptures says that when Jesus saw the crowds he had compassion on them. He saw that they were "harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." (Matthew 9:36) His compassion motivated him. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (vs. 37-38)
We are all called, in one way or another, to be a laborer in God’s harvest field. We all have a gift to present, a talent to offer, or a skill to use through which the Lord shines the light of His love to a hurting world. More importantly, we each possess inside a treasure of immeasurable value – the Spirit and character of Christ. The compassion of God’s heart beats boldly inside of us by the Holy Spirit. Because He lives in us we too are moved with a depth of compassion.
It is ultimately God’s Spirit that draws others, through us, to Himself. The radiance of His love shines through the brokenness of our lives. Through us the world sees that Jesus is real. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” (II Cor. 4:7, NKJV)