“When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.”
Every time I read through the Gospels I’m amazed by Jesus; especially by His compassion. No matter where He went the crowds followed Him. Some were looking for physical healing. Some were looking for signs and wonders. Some were searching for a way they could trap Him with words. A few just genuinely wanted to be near Him and learn from Him. Those were His disciples.
Jesus said, “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master.” (Matthew 10:24-25a). Since I call myself one of His disciples, one of His slaves, then each day I should be more and more like my Master.
When Jesus saw the crowds pressing in on Him, He was moved with compassion for them. He understood that they were like sheep without a shepherd. How do we view the lost and hurting people that God places in our paths each day?
- as inconveniences who distract us from what we’re trying to accomplish?
- as casual contacts?
- as tools to be used?
- as annoyances?
- as random encounters?
I pray that today you and I will be more like our Master. When God places people in our paths, let’s see them through the eyes of Jesus – as sheep who desperately need a shepherd to comfort, protect, and provide for them. Let’s take every opportunity to introduce them to the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.