Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Colossians 3:17)
One of the true marks of the Christian is a supernatural sensitivity to the things that our Savior was sensitive to. He was sensitive to those who were outcasts, like the women at the well (John 4), and he was sensitive to those who were downcast, like the two men walking on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24). He was sensitive to the marginalized and maligned. He was sensitive to sickness of sin and the incredible suffering that it brings upon all humanity. Jesus wept over Jerusalem and also at the tomb of His friend, Lazarus, just before He raised him from the dead.
When someone is saved—raised from death to life by grace through faith—God implants in the heart of the new believer a supernatural sensitivity to what is going on in the world around us. We are to care about the things God cares about, regardless of the cost or circumstance. Knowing that our Lord came to destroy the works of the devil, and that He did it in both word and deed, we now possess the formula for living out our salvation with the supernatural sensitivity that brings honor and glory to God. We are to preach the Gospel with both our lips and our lives . . . in other words, we are to proclaim the Gospel and demonstrate its fruits by our way of life.
As Christ’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20) and cultural caretakers (Genesis 1:28), we are to make a difference in this world by being different from this world. We are to be doing good everywhere we go, always using those good deeds to point to the only One who is truly good. We certainly don’t need to look too far to see opportunities to serve our God by serving others, but we must be sensitive to see what God wants us to see. To be sure, we believe and proclaim the truth of Romans 1:16, that the Gospel is “the power of God for salvation.” Nothing needs to be added to this biblical truth to get people saved. Yet Jesus went about doing good (Acts 10:38), and we must do the same.
How sensitive are you to the needs of those around you? Because we were saved by God’s mercy, we are to reflect that mercy to all those we come in contact with. We are all familiar with the statement, “Practice what you preach.” We must be practitioners of the kind of sensitivity our Savior demonstrated while He walked this earth, a world which was and is filled with pain and brokenness on every corner. The eyes of faith always see with supernatural sensitivity in such a way that both declares and demonstrates the truth of the Gospel to all people, at all times, and in all places. We must show great love and compassion to those who are hurting, because that is the love that He shows us every day.This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!