Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father help us to love as His Son loves. Father, gently show us how we've built our lives around our own comfort, and gently guide us towards a life of compassion for the lost who do not know you or love you. In the name of your Son, and in pursuit of those He calls out to, guide us and grow us by your Spirit so that we me know your Will and do it. Amen.
Your Morning Song: "Great Are You Lord" by All Sons and Daughters
Your Monday Morning Sermon Recap: Matthew 9:35-38
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he 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.”
Jesus looked upon the crowds of people, the lost, the sick, the crowds of people abused and neglected by their religious leaders, and He felt a deep and abiding compassion for them. And Jesus spoke to those following Him, not just the 12, and He referred to the crowds of people He was teaching and calling to repentance as, "a plentiful harvest." The negative is not on the crowds of desperate people, it is on, "but the workers are few."
Jesus was sharing His compassion for the crowds with those who were following Him. And He was asking them to both share in His compassion for these lost people, and also to share of their now shared compassion for these lost people.
Do we share Jesus's compassion for lost people? Or do we care more about our own comfort? The answer lies in the day to day details of our lives. Do my daily actions build up God's house of worship made of living stones? Or am I building up my own "house?"
What sort of lives are we living? Are they Gospel centered? Or comfort centered? Are our attitudes and satisfactions daily formed by God's Will? (which is a mystery only to the lost and the spiritually immature).
If you're especially brave, ask our Father in Heaven to answer these questions for you. Ask Him to give you someone to love as His Son loves. And He will. But do not ask if you are not willing to love as Jesus loves.
Be brave. Ask. And then love like Jesus. Our Heavenly Father will lead you and enable you. He will help you love like Jesus through how He has specifically made you.
Ask. And then respond. And God will fill you up to overflowing with His joyous delight in your daily, dogged obedience. May the joy of the Lord be our strength and our reward!