“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 workers into His harvest field’” (Matthew 9:35-38).
Jesus—our Leader and Example—is seen here teaching. He’s doing a lot here: traveling, teaching, healing. Not only is He traveling, so as to come in contact with many people in various places, but He’s leaving an impression by teaching them about the Kingdom of God (in their churches, I might add), and physically healing people! What strikes me, though, as I read this passage is how Christ has compassion when He comes in contact with people.
I wonder if those people even knew they were like sheep without a shepherd. I wonder if, in their day-to-day lives, they felt complacent. I wonder if they went about their business—did their job, visited friends, ate food, went to see entertainment, visited the church semi-regularly—and didn’t even know they were missing out on what life is all about. Then, Jesus comes and shows them the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth.
How amazing would that be? To go from a nonchalant existence to a vibrant life, having someone care for you. Just like sheep who get a shepherd, so we have direction, protection and love when Jesus comes and transforms our existence. Jesus wants us to make disciples, and He knows the transforming power of His love.
Jesus saw and had compassion on people, calling His followers into action. He is still calling. Here at Journey, we’re training kids to be Kingdom minded, and the harvest is plentiful. Why not join the work God is doing through Journey Kids’ Ministry?
Become a Worker
This month at Journey consider joining* in the harvest by supporting and encouraging our kids and families!
Ways to work:
—pray for our kids and their families throughout the week (prayer cards available upon request)
—donate snacks, books, games, and toys our kids can use in/between classes
—organize classroom materials throughout the week
—help in a classroom on Sunday
—assist with Parents’ Night Out and other special events
*All workers with kids MUST fill out a background check prior to working with kids.
Let’s work together for the edification and expansion of God’s Kingdom!
Email Amanda Gregory for more information or to get involved with Journey Kids’ Ministry: firstname.lastname@example.org