Cared for, Called & Empowered to Serve

fields-ripe2I was reading Matthew chapters 9-10 this week. I’d like to share 9:36-10:1 with you.

When he {Jesus} 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.’ He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

This passage is rich with encouragement and truth for us today. 

  • Jesus is a compassionate God.
    The word ‘compassionate’ can be defined as ‘feeling/showing sympathy & concern for others.’ Jesus is focused on you and I today, and is aware of our individual circumstances.
  • Without Him, we are harassed & helpless.
    Jesus is our Shepherd and can turn ‘harassed’ into ‘protected’ and ‘helpless’ into ‘empowered’ when we put our faith & trust in Him. Even as believers, we need to be reminded to turn to our Great Shepherd instead of continuing to try and do it all on our own.
  • It is the Lord who sends out workers.
    We do not have the authority to send out people to be His hands & feet. It is the Lord who ultimately calls us to serve in His name. The best we can do is to acknowledge His calling in the lives of others and help them succeed in that calling in whatever way we can.
  • We have the right & authority to ask for workers.
    Wow. This is so empowering for us. We may not be able to ‘send’, but we have the blessing of Jesus Christ to ask for laborers. Whether volunteers in our churches, new hires in our ministries, evangelists in our communities or missionaries in the world – there is an implied promise from God that, when we ask, He will send.
  • We are the answer to the question.
    It is interesting to me that the very next chapter and sentence starts with ‘He called.’ Since you and I are serving in leadership and ministry today, we must be the answer to someone’s request to ‘send out workers’. That means we get to serve as shepherd’s under the Great Shepherd, reaching a world that is ‘harassed & helpless.
  • We are empowered.
    Jesus is not one to send his workers out without the tools they need to succeed. He ‘gave them authority’ and he has ‘given us authority’ to minister to those He has ushered into our spheres of influence and responsibility. We can do it, because He has authorized us to!

Be encouraged! You are cared for, called and empowered to fulfill His purposes today!

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