This is a devotional that I wrote specifically for a group of people that were gathering to go out into the community to reach people, but I. Ow plan to share it with my entire team. Feel free to share it with your team.
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. The he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask The Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”
- Do you see the crowd?
- In the chapters leading up to this we see where a great many people have been following Jesus. Clearly He was aware of the crowd. However, here Matthew makes a distinction between simply being aware of the crowd and really seeing them.
- Consider the beach. When you’re at the beach you can’t help but see the sand. It’s everywhere you look. However, how often do you actually a see the sand. I mean how often do you see the individual grains of sand that come together to make up the beach. I would bet that most of rarely, if ever see the sand in this way.
- This is what it means when it says that Jesus “saw the crowds”. So again I ask, “Do you see the crowd?
- Do you have compassion on them?
- Jesus not only saw past the multitude of bodies to actually see the crowds, but he also had compassion on them. He cared about their probleMs.
- The harvest is His.
- Let us not forget that the harvest is God’s. We are but laborers working to gather what belongs to jour almighty God.
Often times we go through life completely oblivious to the crowds around us. We may be aware of people, but we seldom notice the individuals. Even more seldom do we see, or care about their problems. Jesus not only saw the crowds, but cared about their problems.
Here are a couple of things I would invite you to think about.
- See the crowds.
- As we go out into the community as a church, look around. Try to move beyond simply being aware of the crowds to actually seeing them, as Jesus did. Try to see past the multitude of people around you to see individuals.
- As you go about your daily lives whether it be at work, at the store, or even just driving down your street; try to see the crowds as Jesus did. We are always aware of them, but let’s seek to move beyond simply being aware of them and start seeing them.
- Have compassion on them.
- As you begin to actually see the people around you, strive to care about them. Look for those that might be hurting, or that might have some need.
- Over the years I have found that when a person is hurting, what they say with their mouth and what they say with their eyes are often very different. I America it has become uncommon for people to actually look each other in the eye, especially if they don’t know each other. I encourage you to not only look people in the eye, but look into their eyes. Look for the pain that their words may hide, but that their eyes can’t.
- First pray that God would help you to see the crowd even as Christ did in Matthew 9.
- Next pray that God would give you compassion for the crowd that you see.
- Now pray to, “the Lord of the harvest to send out works into His harvest.
- Finally pray that God would give us, The Rock, the opportunity and the means to meet the needs of the crowds and that, through us, the Gospel would spread in the communities we serve.
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