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June 21, 2022


Living in the Light of the Mission of God

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)

If you are a Marvel fan and have seen all the movies and the spin-off shows, then you understand that there is a common theme: a bad guy wants to destroy everything and conquer humanity, versus a good guy, or team of good guys, who want to rescue humanity from its doom. The mission of God is the same; it is that God wants to rescue humanity from sin that intends to destroy humanity.

The mission is fueled by compassion, an attribute of God on display for the world. Jesus Christ cared for the crowds, he saw their pain and brokenness, and he saw the people that were “harassed and helpless.” Jesus cares and loves you. He died for your sins, and he came in the flesh to rescue you. Our response is to live in the light of what Christ has done for us, fueled by Christ's compassion to reach all those “harassed and helpless,” just like we were at one time in our lives.

C. H. Spurgeon said that verse 36 of today's focal verse weighed on his heart more than any other text in the Bible. This particular verse haunted a man like Spurgeon because he learned from it his responsibility as a disciple of Jesus. Christ's compassion demands action because the harvest is plentiful. Many people are suffering in this world, waiting to hear Christ's hope in you.

Take a second and put a face to the harvest. In other words, think of everyone you know that is not serving Jesus. This was the harvest that haunted Spurgeon. The harvest should remind us of what we are called to do. This harvest demands action from those who have already experienced God’s saving love.

Question: In what ways can you express the compassion of Christ to others?

Challenge: Seek today to share the good news of Jesus Christ with one person.

Prayer: Lord, give us a heart to continually seek after you and the boldness to share our love for you with others.

Alex Diaz, Chapel Leader -- Arizona Diamonbacks



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