Every Day With Jesus

Daily Devotionals from Pastor Quintin Stieff

How Do You See the Crowds?

Today's Scripture

Matthew 9:35-38 (NIV)

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

Today's Message

How Do You See the Crowds?

The Pharisees saw the crowds as unwashed, uneducated, riff-raff who were to be tolerated at best, and despised at worst. The leaders saw the faults and shortcomings of the people and had no heart to reach them with love.  

Jesus was the opposite. He was deeply moved with compassion. He knew the Pharisees did not care and they were worthless as true shepherds of the people. Jesus saw the crowds as harassed and helpless, people with no one who cared about them to lead them.  

Rather than viewing them as obstacles to his mission, he saw them as the purpose of his mission. They were his harvest. He shared the good news with them and performed mighty acts of compassion.  

It's tragic to sometimes see the church respond to our culture more like the Pharisees did than Jesus did. It's not uncommon for Christians to be critical, impatient, and even hostile to non-Christians. Some seem to view these lost ones as the enemies rather than as sheep without a shepherd.  

Lord, forgive us. Give us hearts of compassion like Jesus! Help us to view people as harassed by life and helpless without you. Give us a heart for the harvest!

Posted by Valley Church Communications at 5:00 AM