I don’t know about you but I absolutely LOVE reading the words Jesus says in the bible. I’ve grown up my whole life reading Matthew, Mark, Luke & John BUT I think I grew to know those books so much that I skipped them for awhile in my reading. Oh how silly of me right because we all know the bible is living and active! How crazy awesome is that! So recently, the past month or so, I felt like I should start reading Matthew so I started and boy am I glad I did. God made it SO FRESH to me as if I were a little kid in a candy store and I couldn’t get enough. Each day as I read the words of Jesus and reflect on His love, His “style” or the way He showed that love and the words He shared I am left in awe!
Today I was reading in Chapter 9 of Matthew and two parts REALLY stood out to me and I wanted to share them with you! Verses 10-13 talks about a time when Jesus was sitting at a table eating dinner and various tax collectors and sinners came and dined with him. Well the Pharisees were having a fit and were pretty much flipping out about this and saying “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” So….you know what Jesus said…. (I love this btw) “Those who are well don’t need a doctor, but the sick do. Go and learn what this means. I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
I LOVE that! I think we are kind of naturally brought up as christians to feel like we have to stick with each other and only be around people that are safe, or comfortable or speak christianese 😉 and anyone maybe a famous christian who God has given a platform to, starts to use that platform to reach out to sinners and people in the secular part of their world, we start to judge and wonder if they are going away from their faith when really they are doing what Jesus called them to do! I’m struck so hard by this because my human nature doesn’t automatically think to do this but JESUS DID THIS and so I want to do it too! I want to surround myself more with unbelievers than believers because they don’t know about Him and His love the way I do and I want them to! This is one of those things where I think I am going to have to pray daily for God to give me eyes that see things from an eternal perspective and not a day-to-day one!
Ok…so the second big thing that stuck out to me was this in verse 37! When Jesus had went to some villages and towns and was healing many of their sick, he saw the crowds and FELT COMPASSION for them because they were weary and worn. He said this to His disciples and this stuck with me “The harvest is ABUNDANT, but the workers are FEW. THerefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
That verse spoke to me in a way I can’t quite share fully yet but Jim and I are specifically praying about something that we feel God is calling us to do next and this verse was exactly what I needed to hear this morning! Isn’t it so amazing when God does that! GUYS…..this verse is saying there are SOOOOOOO many people out there in our neighborhood, our town, our state, our country, our world….that DON’T KNOW HIM! Do you know what else this verse is saying….there are not NEAR ENOUGH of believers out there willing to get out of their comfort zone, give it all to God and say WHAT NOW…WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO and actually share His love with those people! I am guilty of doing this most of my life but I don’t want that anymore! Why die on this earth and leave to go to eternity when you could have the chance to bring so many others with you and share the love of Jesus first. I want to leave that kind of legacy! I don’t want to leave a legacy of just being a good mom and wife (although that’s great) or that there is nothing else to my name after that. I want to a leave a legacy that I gave it all to Jesus and said “Here I am, send me wherever” and that I was known for HIS LOVE and making His love known to the world! What do you want to be known for? What do you want your legacy to be?