And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
In the midst of all the miracles and wonderful acts of kindness that our Lord was working among the crowds of people that day, the stark reality sets in – the crowds only got bigger, and their needs grew deeper. No matter how much Jesus healed, more people would come who needed healing. No matter how many lives were salvaged, there were more to salvage. “Multitudes!” Do we really realise just how many people there are in the world? Does it affect us at all that there are so, so many who need Jesus?
The view of those multitudes affected Jesus to the point of weeping because they sought only physical healing, and He was offering so much more! Will we allow the multitudes to affect us too?
This world is lost, without God and without hope. In spite of all the religions in the world, none provide a true Shepherd and leave absolutely everyone fainting and worse off. The burden of our Lord was and always is for mankind to see that their greatest need is in their heart, and that only Jesus can fully satisfy that need!
But how will they know of such a Saviour? Who will labour among the multitudes and bring them the Gospel that can save the furthest soul? The Lord Jesus can count on me. Can he count on YOU TOO?
Our annual World Evangelism Conference is this weekend, so don't miss it!
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