“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.’”Matthew 9:36-38
To know the mind of Christ is to know a compassionate Christ. The gospels contain the accounts of Jesus healing people of their physical infirmities, feeding those who were hungry, and casting out demons from the tormented. Jesus confronted His followers with the fact that people were spiritually lost. He said they were “harassed” and “helpless” with no one to guide them. Jesus had just healed two blind men and a demon-possessed man who could not speak. Now He focused on the many who were spiritually destitute and worn out.
What a picture of life today! The world is full to overflowing with people who are spiritually destitute and frustrated with life. Many wallow in non-truth, ignoring the God who made them.
Just as Jesus called His disciples into this mission of reaching the lost, so He calls us. Have compassion on the people around you; tend to the spiritually neglected. Let the mind of Christ fill you with compassion for your friends, family members, co-workers, neighbors, and others who desperately need Him.
Praying for others will move our own hearts to participate in the on-going spiritual revolution of reaching others.
Bible In A Year
- 2 Samuel 11-12
- Psalm 141
- Colossians 3-4