Tuesday, January 20, 2009
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.'" Matthew 9:36-38 (NIV)
Jesus saw the crowds and when He did, He was filled with compassion. He healed, taught, loved and cast out demons. Now it is our turn. "Ask", He said, "the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." He has asked us to go in His name and minister to others. We do this by doing what He did. It says, "When He saw the crowds, He had compassion." Our commission is to see people with the eyes of Jesus. Dr. David Benner, in his book, "Sacred Companions" writes, "Seeing the other person through the eyes of Christ - this is my prayer as I seek to relate to people I encounter in daily life. For when I see them through the eyes of Christ, I see their worth and dignity. I also see what they can become, not simply what they are. And if I am really willing to see them as God sees them, I see Jesus in them; I see them as imagers of the God who was fully represented in Jesus." When we see what Jesus saw, we too will be moved with compassion. Today, ask Christ to show you what He sees.