The Multitudes

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 said 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.

Matthew 9: 36-38

Personally, I really don’t like crowds all that much.  When I see a huge throng of people, it usually makes me a little nervous.  When Jesus saw the multitudes, He was “moved with compassion on them…”  I have often thought of this passage when around a large number of people.  I have looked around at the mass of humanity and wondered how many of them know the Lord.  I have wondered how many of them even know what Jesus has done for them.  I have wondered how many of them go to church, or even have a church to go to.

The people of the world are, by and large, without Christ.  They truly are “as sheep having no shepherd.”  They need to know the truth.  They need the Saviour.  This is something that I know I need to work on.  I am naturally a quiet, laid-back person.  I usually don’t talk to very many people.  But I know that I should.  I know that “the harvest truly is plenteous” and I know that “the labourers are few…”

When you think about it, we should all be working in the “Lord’s harvest.”  We should be telling everyone we can find about the good news of the gospel.  When you think about it, there is no “wrong” person with which to talk about Jesus.

What is our attitude toward the “multitudes” today?  Do we ignore them and go on about our business, or do we follow the example of our Lord and have compassion on them?  Jesus told His disciples here to “pray therefore the Lord of the harvest.”  We should be doing the same.

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