These were men who knew where they wanted to go, but did not have the collective wisdom to get there.
Sometimes people journey alone believing that they can do it better themselves without the interference or chaos of involving others.
A man on a flight across America in 1976 rose from his seat, drew a gun and took the stewardess hostage. "Take me to
Think about your relationship with Christ and others. Are you following the crowd at church hoping that everyone will end up in the right place? Or do you journey alone with Christ hoping that your independence will keep you from getting lost?
We are called to follow Jesus and we are also sent out into the world by Him. How do we know if we are still traveling on the right road?
God gives us a compass to point us back to Jesus. The true north of God’s Love is a dependable marker for our journey.
Jesus was directed by compassion. It is a compass that we can use to find our way as well.
You know that feeling you get in your stomach when you are going down the first drop of a roller coaster? It’s the same feeling when you hear horrible news. Your stomach feels like it has just been kicked in. The New Testament has a Greek word for that feeling; it is “Splanchna.” It literally means bowels or guts, but it is translated “Compassion.”
The only person that this word is associated with in scripture is Jesus. It says that Jesus felt this way when He encountered the sick (Mt 14:14), the blind (Mt 20:34), the demon possessed (Mk 9:22), those who lost loved ones (Luke 7:13), the hungry (Mt 15:32) the lonely (Mk 1:41) and the bewildered (Mt 9:36).
God wants to develop Christ’s mind in us. That means that we can think and feel in ways that are unique to God. Compassion is a ‘God’ feeling that the Holy Spirit can grow in us.
[i] Campus Life, September 1980