This is a collection of sermons given at Canyon View Church that are not a part of a series.
This Week's Devotion & Questions
Jesus says in Matthew 25:35, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” When we reach out to the poor, the hungry, the sick and the downtrodden, we’re reaching out to God. When we show compassion to the guy on the corner or pray for the woman in the grocery store, we’re loving Jesus. This is the effect salvation should have on our lives. It should let us see others through God’s eyes and inspire us to reach out and help in whatever way we’re able.
In the book, “A Spark in the Street”, author Jean-Luc shares a story of such compassion. He says he passed a homeless man as he went in to buy a sandwich and felt such compassion for him that he told the clerk to make a second sub. Only after he gave the guy the sandwich and headed for his car did Jean-Luc realize the man didn’t have anything to drink. He turned around to give his soda to the homeless man but discovered he was gone. “I took five steps and he disappeared. That is not natural - it is supernatural.”1
Jean-Luc believes he entertained one of God’s angels that day (Hebrews 13:2). But the important part of the story isn’t the bit where something supernatural happened. It’s the bit where Jean-Luc saw another man with God’s eyes and compassion inspired him to act.
– Jean-Luc. The Spark In The Street: Revival Through Ministering to the Homeless and the Poor (pp. 40-41). Kindle Edition.
1: What was your biggest takeaway from today’s sermon and how did it impact you?
2: What makes it difficult to step out in compassion in everyday life?
3: Along with giving to Convoy of Hope’s “One Day to Feed the World”, how can you make compassion an action this week?