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A Plentiful Harvest

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.  But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few."  Matthew 9:35-37 (NKJV)

We all know the story of the Titanic — of the tragedy and loss experienced by so many people who never would have imagined their life coming to an end so suddenly.   Many people willingly gave up their seats in the lifeboats so others could be saved. As I think about this amazing act of selflessness I am reminded of how Jesus did the very same thing when He willingly laid down His own life for others.  He knew what the outcome would be for all those who had sinned and He was willing to exchange His life for theirs.  

Ephesians 5:1 tells us we are to be imitators of God, so as Christians shouldn’t we have the same type of selflessness in our actions?  As we look at the people around us each day perhaps we should look at them with the same compassion Jesus had as He looked upon the multitudes of lost and weary people (Matt. 9:35-37).   

We can look around these days and see the same thing Jesus saw in the multitude of weary people — the stress and strain of anxiety and worry is written upon the faces of so many people.  Try as they may they cannot hide the signs of disappointment, and of losing hope in what this world has to offer.  

So when we see others tired, beat and weary, we simply need to stop and encourage them, and even ask them if we can pray for them right then and there.  I have found most people are eager to be prayed for; even those who might not have wanted to acknowledge God before, and this is because they know they need Him now.  

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  You might not have to give up your seat on a lifeboat of a sinking cruise ship, but you can be just as selfless and effective in saving the life of another person if you are willing to be used — the harvest is plentiful!

STUDY QUESTION: According to the scriptures above, what was Jesus’ attitude towards seeing so many people lost, and weary?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you compassionate to those you see who are beat down, and weary, and to those who are lost without a shepherd?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:  Ask God to give you a compassionate heart for the lost and weary today.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your love and mercy upon me.  Help me to see those around me in the way You do.  Help me to know when I need to share, encourage, or simply pray for others. Give me the words You want me to share with them.  I am willing to be used by You today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen….


Blessings upon your day, Scott




Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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