Do we remember what is was like when we walked this life without Jesus? Do we remember how we acted like we had it all together – for those who came to Christ at an older age we may have even defined ourselves as successful. Jesus though saw our hearts. Saw our despair.
Remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. – Ephesians 2:12
Jesus saw us as part of His family. Yes, He had eyes of compassion when He saw us missing the meaning and purpose of life. So Jesus looks at this lost world and says that just as He brought me to Him He wants to bring them all to Him – not only does He want too, He says that they are ready to come. In order for us to understand, we need to see the world as Jesus does, look through His eyes to see how lost people are and then to experience the compassion of Christ to them. We need to have the expectancy and hopefulness of Jesus and anticipate this harvest time. I want to look at my neighbours, colleagues, classmates and associates and see them as potential followers of Jesus. We know the world is missing Him.
If you are like me, what is holding us back, what is paralyzing us to share who we are in Christ? God, by design, established the universe – whether you enjoy the stars in the sky or the trees of the forest – He knows them all by name, even knows the number of hairs on our head. There is hope, even in the midst of what we think is too big for us. Since we know the Lord of the harvest, we can ask Him to send out those He has called.
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” – Matthew 9:35-38