Purpose Embossed with Compassion

When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household. John 19:26-27

From the cross, the words to Jesus’ mother Mary, “woman behold your son and to His disciple John, “behold your mother” resonate from Jesus because renewed humanity is entrenched in compassion. In these resounding words, we find both encouragement for new relationships in Christ and continued faith.  These words from the cross also call our faith to connect God with others in our thoughts and action. They are few but powerful words, which also re-emphasize that; all who are with Him are His family.  His family will serve the Lord, the Father of all Mercy.  God “… has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding”. Galatians 6 mirrors this in that it calls brothers and sisters, who live by the Spirit to restore others gently, even as Christ did for all who were once sinners and to share each others burdens along with giving attentive care to our work.

My Christian sisters and brothers as God’s family, we too must serve with compassion, love and justice.  This Mercy, compassion He has given us is intricately embossed our purpose. Therefore, we hear echoing from the cross, whatever form in which our gifts and talents are used, they were created in us for the greater good.  Therefore, allow an un-seared conscience to yield to the Holy Spirit so that as part of law enforcement, rather soldiers, police, legislators or judges, we must, we will esteem others higher than ourselves and do justice mercifully and lovingly.  Social workers, or claims adjuster, let Jesus’ call to Mary “…behold your son” resonate in your hearts. You are created to extend genuine compassionate motherly/fatherly love in your job performance.  If your occupation is a fashion designer, your gift is to cloth others; do it with the compassion of Dorcas (Acts 9:36-43), remember the poor. If you are a bus/taxi driver, a doctor, pilot, sanitation worker, auto executive, line-worker, electrical engineer, or gas worker, do it with care.  Embrace Jesus’ words to John”… behold your mother”; you have been called to assure someone’s safety and health. These are only a few examples but do all work and words as unto the Lord. Wherever God has allowed us to go, we are each called to make room in our hearts for others ( the under paid, uninsured, the marginalized, prisoners , the sick, poor, naked, homeless, hungry , the motherless, the fatherless, the widow etc.).  Show Compassion, advocate, care, educate, legislate, vote, improve, intervene and support. Christian brothers and sisters, sons and daughters of Our Father in Heaven, Jesus Friends, do not grow weary in well doing.

Yours in Christ,


Rev. Vonzenia Crigler

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