Mission - Needs Sight

Commitment to Mission

Matthew 9:36 - When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

When you are out and about on your daily travels how do you feel when you see people who don't know Jesus?

Today's verse tells us that when Jesus saw the crowds he had compassion for them. The word compassion is translated from the Greek word splagxnízomai (σπλαγχνίζομαι) and is normally translated compassion, pity or sorrow. That's good but if we dig down into the words original meaning we will find out a little more of how Jesus felt. Splagxnízomai is to be moved from your inward parts especially your bowels.

Has your stomach ever 'flipped over' when you have seen something horrific on the news? Has something ever been so wrong it makes you feel sick? That's the kind of intensity of emotion we are talking about here. Jesus really, really cares.

We need the same kind of sight! As we see lost people we ought not to be indifferent, but moved from a place of deep emotion. The people we see are harassed, helpless, like sheep without the Shepherd Jesus. This kind of deep emotion for lost people only happens by the Spirit of God. We need to pray for ourselves and each other, we need to have the eyes of our heart opened! The deep stirring compassion given to us by the Spirit will drive us to mission with a renewed urgency.

Daily Bible Reading: Matthew 9:35-38

Prayer: Father, we need to be moved with compassion. Our stomachs need to turn over when we see lost people. Please Lord, drive us to mission from a place of deep compassion for those who do not know you. Amen.

Dan Watson - Pastor / Elder - Staines Baptist Church

28th January 2020