Today’s Scripture – Matthew 9:35-38 & 10:1-4
In these verses, Jesus is moved to compassion for people who were “harassed and helpless” and were like “sheep without a shepherd.” They were lost and vulnerable. Jesus connects the work of compassion to salvation – sending workers out to the harvest and then they were sent with authority. God calls us to serve and save, and then we are sent with authority. Take the authority God has given you to be compassionate to the world and bring people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Jesus sets a stage for what compassion looks like in action. He demonstrates what the word means as he cares for people who were otherwise ignored and ostracized. Compassion is a part of our call as disciples and can set us free to be fully God’s people in his image and reveals the kingdom of God.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
Let us gather our gifts together and offer them
to God and the church in gratitude and praise
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