Monday, January 11, 2010

Who's eyes are you seeing through?

Matt 9:35-38: “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. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 "Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."

The measure of a Christian is his or her desire to be “like” Jesus. We need to display the same qualities that He modeled while He was on the earth. We need to speak like Jesus, we need to love like Jesus, we need to heal like Jesus, and we need to see like Jesus. If we have made a commitment to be a follower of Christ then we need to strive to conform not to this world, but rather we need to conform to the life we were called to live in Christ.

When we decide to surrender our lives to the Lord and become Christians we see this world with different eyes. We look and realize that the things we once looked at that had no effect on us really does change when we become a Christ-follower. We see with different eyes because we have a different heart. Jesus looked upon this earth and saw a world full of people with no purpose or guidance. He saw a world that was lost and wandering as if sheep without a shepherd; clueless and vulnerable, helpless and weak. When He looked upon them, the Bible said that He was moved with compassion. In other words, Jesus was moved to action. That is why He would teach and heal. We are not called to stand in a stadium and have people pay us money to heal them. However, we are called into this world to heal the broken hearted and comfort the destitute. We are called to look at the multitudes and see sheep without a shepherd and a people without a savior, and with the compassion that comes from Jesus go and bring healing to a hurting world. The harvest is plentiful, and there are many who need the message and love that we have to give. This world is hurting and in need of compassion. We have so much to give this world. The business that we are in is love, and our Savior tells us that there is a need. He first tells us to pray that the Lord will send laborers into His harvest. The next thing He does is send out workers into those fields because the harvest is ready. Are you moved with compassion when you look into this world of pain? If you are, what are you doing about it? If you are not moved with compassion, I would ask you to evaluate your relationship with Jesus.
Tomorrows Readings:
Old Testament: Gen 29-30 New Testament Matt 10:1-23

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