Friday, May 31, 2013

Katrina's Musings (Gospel Meditations/Missions-Day 23)

"And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.' Matthew 9:35-38

We think of multitudes in a non-personal, distant way. But Jesus didn't just see a crowd. He saw individuals--real people with real needs ... He healed a centurion's servant (Mt 8:5-13). He restored and aged mother-in-law (Mt 8:14-15). He rescued two demoniacs (Mt 8:28-34). He healed and forgave a man who was physically and spiritually paralyzed (Mt 9:1-8). He reached out to tax collectors and sinners (Mt 9:9-13). He delivered a man's daughter from death (Mt 9:18-19, 23-26). He healed a desperate woman of a hemorrhage (Mt 9:20-22). He gave sight to two blind men (Mt 9:27-31). He restored speech and sense to a demon-possessed mute (Mt 9:32-34) ... Christ was moved by individuals--young and old, male and female, rich and poor, Jew and Gentile, revered and reviled. 

A missionary friend of mine has provoked me to this kind of Christlike compassion by urging me to 'learn the story behind the face.' We live in a broken world, filled with broken people. Not just mobs in markets and mosques. Individuals. A single mom. A successful but empty man. An athletic teenager. An addict. An abused child. A widow. An intellectual. An AIDS patient. A loving father. A prostitute. 

The world is indeed a ripe harvest. Pray for laborers. And be part of the answer to that prayer by pitying broken people, just like Jesus did. Notice them. Listen to them. Engage them with the Gospel. 'Learn the story behind the face,' and enter into it--one person at a time. 

Let the Gospel produce in you a Christlike compassion for real people."

Gospel Meditations for Missions (Chris Anderson)--Christlike Compassion--Day 23

1 comment:

  1. I loved reading this.it gave me so much hope.


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