We are called to make disciples. Christ gave us a purpose greater than anything we could muster ourselves. What holds us back though? Today let’s look at Matthew:
Matthew 9:35-38 KJV
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and 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 on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
The compassion and the truth of what Christ is saying here is just as relevant today as it was then. Christ has compassion for the lost and suffering, and he asked that his disciples pray for labourers to bring those people into the kingdom.
Guess what? We are those labourers the disciples prayed for. If we don’t reap the harvest, who will? If we don’t get into people’s lives and minister to them, who will? If we don’t show love and compassion to the lost and suffering, who will? If we don’t share the gospel with world, who will?
The easiest thing we can do is nothing. It’s also the most disastrous thing we can do. Complacency to a lost and suffering world is proof that we don’t get it. We don’t understand the compassion Christ has for that world.
Emulate Christ, see the opportunity for the harvest, have compassion for the lost and suffering. Get with a local church to find ways you can serve. You can also start by sharing the gospel with family, friends and neighbors.
Whatever you do, please make sure it’s something. Let’s work towards bring the kind of compassion Christ has into our own lives.