I have been spending my evenings before bed reading the new book by Mark Batterson, Wild Goose Chase. Some of you know how hard it is for me to sit and read anything, but this book has been a pleasure to read. If you want to read a book that will challenge you spiritually and make you think about your relationship with the Lord, pick this one up. Okay, that said, it's time to share a few thoughts for the day...
I was doing my reading this morning and was touched by how Jesus was moved with compassion when he saw the multitudes. He saw an opportunity, not a waste of His time. Too many times, we get busy with our daily schedules and can't find the time to look around and see who we pass that needs a helping hand.
Look at Matthew 9:35-38..."And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease among the people.(36) 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.(37) Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;(38) Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth the labourers into his harvest."
Like I stated earlier, we get too caught up in what WE are doing to notice what HE has set before us. Many times this week this has been pointed out to me. I was watching a video from the NOOMA series by Rob Bell the other evening entitled, Noise. The whole concept was that with all the noise and commotion we are surrounded by everyday, is it any wonder we can't hear what God is saying to us? Also in Wild Goose Chase last evening I was hit by a research done on seminary students who were studying on the Good Samaritan story and had to give a speech about it. I won't give away the whole story, but when we want to minister, we need to slow down and look for the opportunities.
This is too true sometimes...we're too busy in our "ministries" to do the "ministering". Thanks for the line, Mark. Notice it says our ministries. We get too wrapped up in what we're doing for the kingdom to stop and let HIM do the work through us.
We have several events coming up this fall at our church and I pray that we can keep things in perspective. If we get too caught up in the work aspect, we could miss out on the ministry of the events. May you get a chance to slow down and turn the radio or TV off and get a chance to hear what God has to say to you today. God Bless!!!