Just as we are to be always compelling more to come into the kingdom, we are to show compassion to those are the least, to the untouchables, to those marked or damaged by life. But how do we serve those who are high maintenance without suffering compassion fatigue? It is our compassion, and not our plan for their lives that motivates us, for we will not know until the final day what good our efforts have done.
In these two parables is the balance between being ready for the next world, while remaining active in this one. While it has always been true that those who thought the most of heaven did the most on earth, we often favor one over the other. In this message we’ll challenge the church to stay active in redeeming our world, while being hopeful of the world to come.