Compassion as a form of Worship? (originally published August 23, 2013)

"Never underestimate a single act of compassion, no matter how small.  It can change the course of history in ways that only eternity will tell." – Pastor Mark Batterson

In his book “Primal”, Pastor Mark Batterson writes about returning to the heart, soul, mind, and strength of Christianity.  He goes on to refer to the “Heart of Christianity” as compassion.  I agree.  The New Testament details several acts of compassion performed by Jesus.  To truly become more “Christ-like”, we must become more compassionate.  One reason for this blog is to bring the plight of many Nicaraguan children to the attention of those who would not otherwise know. Another reason is to keep our supporters updated on the progress of our feeding programs.  I hope that it stirs your heart in some way, motivating you to act and get involved.  While we would certainly appreciate support for Metanoia’s Feeding Centers, there are several other ways to show your compassion for the world’s needy and under-appreciated.  Get involved by devoting time, resources, or finances in your local community or abroad.  Determine to act on your own, instead of waiting for someone else to do it.  Read the quote above again…..and….again.  Everyone can do something.  

The title of this post?  Oh yeah!  Pastor Mark used a personal illustration in his book when God spoke to him during a time of musical worship.  God asked him if he thought his songs were a better form of worship than caring for the poor. The following is taken directly from the book “Primal”:

“Let me ask you:  What do you think brings more joy to the heart of our heavenly Father—–singing songs or caring for the poor?  Which one is a better definition of what it really means to love God with all your heart?  Which one is a greater act of worship?  I hope the answer is obvious.”

This spoke to me for two reasons:

1.  I cannot carry a tune in a bucket.  (Ask my wife.)  Being compassionate is something I can do!

2.  As many others do, I love worshipping God through song.  Singing praises and worshipping prepares our hearts for the things of God and is a valuable part of our Christian walk.  However, how many of us stop worshipping God when the music stops? How many of us stop giving our all when we leave on Sunday morning?

My answer to the question posed in the title is:  Yes.  Compassion is a form of worship.

– Dave