HELP WHEN IT HURTS

Even Jesus experienced grief, but it didn’t stop him from serving others. It actually helped him, and it helps us.

Notes And Next Steps

Matthew 14:13-22 + Part 5 of the series “Staycation: Living Life on Mission"

The number of Americans making charitable contributions is increasing to over 70%, while the number of Americans volunteering is decreasing to less than 25%.

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. (Matthew 14:13)

When you make your suffering a spiritual issue, it is no longer your master but your servant. Just like the cross of Jesus.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)

How do you know that you are being more compassionate? When it’s less about you.

SPIRITUAL NEXT STEPS

    1. The average American gives to 4.5 charities. Make a list of all the charitable causes you support, and rejoice in this! Say a prayer, asking God to direct your contributions to the greatest good. Then, ask God to also direct you to personally get involved in new ways.
    2. Christians today are giving an average of 2.5% of their income to their churches. During the Great Depression, they gave 3.3%. How does this support a key point in today’s message about helping others—sometimes better—when we are hurting? What does it say about faith inspiring more generosity than finances?
    3. What is something that you have suffered for a long time? What steps can you take to make it more of a spiritual issue?
    4. Meditate on 2 Corinthians 1:5. Memorize it.