MERCY FOR THE MARGINALIZED
Showing mercy to the marginalized means you are good. But receiving mercy from them—and from Jesus—means you are even better.
Notes And Next Steps
Mark 10:46-52 + Part 4 of the series “Staycation: Living Life on Mission"
Do you know why Jesus encountered so many marginalized people? Because that’s where Jesus hung out.
Jesus doesn’t want your best to be your savior because it’s never good enough. He wants to be your Savior.
But he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me” (Mark 10:48).
“Your faith has healed you” (Mark 10:52).
“Go” (Mark 10:52).
Show mercy. And see what happens.
SPIRITUAL NEXT STEPS
- Tune into the inspirational story of James “Radio” Kennedy for a refreshingly positive reminder about mercy going two ways. https://www.si.com/vault/1996/12/16/220460/someone-to-lean-on-in-upstate-south-carolina-a-man-who-was-left-out-on-the-margins-has-found-a-family-and-a-purpose-in-a-high-school-football-team and https://www.anderson5.net/domain/669).
- CrossLife is partnering with Pflugerville Pregnancy Resource Center to provide compassion, support and resources to women in need. How can you get involved? Get to know them here http://www.pfprc.org.
- It takes one person to lead change in a conversation or interaction. Read Mark 10:46-52 and notice how the crowd’s treatment of Bartimaeus changed because Jesus and his disciples show mercy to him. Where do you need to stop going along with the crowd, and become an agent of mercy? Pray about this for a week, and see what God can do.