Jul 10 2008

The Heart of Jesus


Recently I was pondering Matthew 9:36-38 (NLT):


“[Jesus] felt pity for the crowds… He said… ‘The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few.  So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields.”


Jesus didn’t look at the crowds of lost people and just shrug his shoulders.  He felt “pity” and compassion for them.  He saw them as “sheep without a shepherd”—lost, wandering, insecure, hungry, and hurting.  He saw a great harvest of souls ready to be reaped—if only there were enough workers.


Jesus didn’t ask his disciples (and us) to pray that the crowds of lost people would be more receptive.  He asked us to pray for more workers.  He said “pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest.”  The One in charge of the harvest is looking for co-laborers to go out into his fields.  He doesn’t see the world as a bad and hopeless place to be avoided, but as “his fields” where people he cares deeply about are going to be lost forever if they are not reached with his gospel of grace.


Lord, help me to have your heart for the lost.  Help me to see as you see.  And help me to engage those I lead as workers in your fields.