Tonight at church I taught from Matthew 9:35-38.
Matthew 9:35-38 NKJV
35 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.”
We can learn a lot from Jesus about how to bring in a harvest of souls. Jesus went to all the cities and villages. Everyone deserves an opportunity to hear the gospel.
So why do we often pass by so many places and people, opportunities given for us to share, without sharing? Why do we neglect preaching the gospel to so many? Why are billions in our world without a gospel witness 2000 years later?
Jesus also healed people with every kind of illness and disease. He met the physical and temporary needs of people as well. Why do we so often neglect meeting the needs of those we can obviously see?
Verse 36 shares a key to understanding the motivation of Jesus–compassion. When he saw the people he loved enough to die for, he was moved with compassion. The reason we don’t share the gospel, and the reason we don’t meet the needs basically boils down to the fact that we don’t love them and don’t have compassion for them. We must see them with the compassion of Jesus.
When we see them with compassion we will work the harvest, and we will pray for the Lord to send more workers into His harvest. There truly is a great need. How many in our world would become followers of Jesus if someone would share with them about Him?
On the way home from church I stopped for gas, and I saw an arrest by the Niota police and a McMinn County deputy. They had two young men and a young lady. I watched as they uncuffed the young men and let them go, then as they hauled the young lady away.
I wondered what was going on, so as I passed one of the young men, I asked. He shared an unfortunate story with me, and I walked back toward my truck. Suddenly I realized the Holy Spirit of God was prodding me to go talk to these young men. I was moved with compassion toward them.
I walked over and began the conversation, and I told them it was a divine appointment. I spent about 45 minutes sharing the Gospel and answering their questions. They were not ready to surrender to Christ tonight, but they were interested. I found out they were from the Rossville/Chickamauga, GA area, so I told them I had a friend who was the pastor of Oakwood Baptist (Darrell Henry). One of them said, “Oh man, that is right next to your place, man. This can’t be a coincidence. That is so weird. His friend is the pastor at that church.”
With God there are no coincidences. The Harvest is ready. Where are the Laborers? They will come when they look out at the multitudes and SEE THEM WITH COMPASSION!
Pray for Steven and Chris that they will become committed followers of Jesus, surrendering to Him as Lord.