Mat 9: 36- 38 “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion for them, because they were distressed and scattered, as sheep not having a shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest indeed is plenteous, but the laborers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth laborers into his harvest”.
From the words of Jesus we notice an important matter; Jesus was moved with compassion!!!
When Jesus walked the streets of the land of Israel He was moved with compassion when he saw all the people who were distressed and scattered. They were without shepherd. They were without true guidance. They were lost like sheep who had no shepherd. And that is what Jesus saw!!!
When the shepherd is gone, the wild beast come and they only want to destroy, so were the people in the days of Jesus and so are the people today. Lost, without true guidance.
And Jesus shed a tear when he saw this. What about us? Do we shed tears over them that are lost. We will never be succesful if we do not see like Jesus. We need to see like He does!!!
When we do, we will do all to help those people and we will do it in the same spirit as Jesus did it in His days. He was interested in serving others, not to serve self.
Jesus was moved with compassion when he said to the Jews that He had wanted to gather them as a hen gathers her chickens but they would not. There were tears in His heart.
He wanted to bring them in, but they would not.
In the Old Testament we find Jeremiah, who is known as the weeping prophet and it is written about him:
Lam 2:11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, my heart is troubled; My liver is poured upon the earth, because of the destruction of the daughter of my people, Because the young children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.
Jeremiah cried for the children of Israel, Jesus was compassionate about bringing people together and it was Paul's hearts desire that his countryman would be saved. (Rom. 10: 1- 3)
What about us? Do we cry for our countryman, do we cry for those that are not yet saved.
It should get us on the move. On the move for our Father who saved us and wants to save more.
What do we see when we look at people? What do we see? Do we see bad people who do not deserve God, do we see people who do not want to listen anyway? Do we see a man who is “so bad” that we judge he will never listen? Do we see a woman who has had “so many men” that she is not worthy?
I know what God sees, God sees people who are in need of a saviour. God, our beloved Father sees a soul that is made in His image, valuable beyond words and wants this soul to hear the gospel and be saved.
So, what do we see? If we do not see everyone in need of a true Father when we meet our fellow-man we are surely in need of eye-salf!!! If we do not see like God our Father, we surely have a deep seated problem in our hearts. See, we are often good in giving all kinds of excuses.
In relation to the parable of the sower it is often said: “We do not need to be soil-inspectors but seed sowers”. Are we to busy inspecting soil then sowing the seed?
Joh 8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
Joh 8:3 And the scribes and the Pharisees bring a woman taken in adultery; and having set her in the midst,
Joh 8:4 they say unto him, Teacher, this woman hath been taken in adultery, in the very act.
What did the Pharisees see? An evil and bad woman worthy to be stoned. What did Jesus see? A soul in need of grace.
What did Jona see? A whole nation worthy of death!!! What did God see? A nation in need of grace and He send His man Jonah. But he did not want to!!!
What about us? Are we willing to go to and dedicate our lives to reach out?
Some of us have been given the talents!!! Why do we not use them?
Are we to comfortable in our own houses and chairs. Are we to comfortable in our own country?
What do we say? We cannot talk, well Moses tried that one and God gave him his brother.
Others have tried other excuses, however when God is in our lives and hearts He can do the unthinkable.
When we look like Jesus we will be able to make sacrifices like the Apostles did.
Why were they able to do as they did... they loved the people and knew that the soul of men has the greatest value above all.
They were moved by the story of redemption and they were on the move. On the move to tell the story of Jesus. To touch the hearts of people by His love and His grace. And they did not consider borders. No economical borders, no age borders, no racial borders and no country borders.
It is all about the old redemption story. It is all about the old time religion.
The Apostles were send.
It took them to many different places. It took them to other countries, they were led by the great I AM.
They were not afraid to be moved and to be on the move.
What about you? Do you just want to have all the comfort but not be a comforter. Do you just want to sit at home and not in the home of a sheep that is lost. We are to get away from being comforted and also be a comforter.
Jesus taught with a lot of care. Jesus looked at the people and saw a man or a woman made in the image of Himself and did all to restore that, He was willing to take a step back and to serve others in their pain. Jesus came with hope and joy. Jesus was willing to make sarifices, he was willing to associate with the poor, the public woman, the tax-collector. Are we wiling to do so. We need strong men and woman to do so.
He came with a message of repentance. He came with a message of restoration.
But what a joy when sinners turn to Jesus. Even the angels in heaven rejoice when one sinner comes to repentance!!!!
Would you take part in turning the hearts of people to their Maker?