December 5, 2023

Taylor Abaroa
"Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.””
Matthew‬ ‭9‬:‭35‬-‭38‬ ‭

Place yourself in this passage. Imagine what it would be like to be a spectator watching Jesus walk through all the towns and villages of the area, teaching in synagogues and sharing about the Kingdom of God. Miracle after miracle after miracle. I love how it says, “He saw..” And then “he had compassion.” First, we have to see. To gaze upon an individual, to notice and see their heart. See another person in pain. See another person helpless and confused. See another person in need of a Savior. And then, we have the opportunity to have compassion.

Compassion is the possibility of sitting with another in suffering and being moved to action. In your own story, when was a time that God saw you? Furthermore, when was a time that God had compassion for you? Perhaps God wants to start there as you practice seeing others and having compassion. He sees you and is moved to action because of you.