The path to success

ATD 167The Word

“Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And He healed every kind of disease and illness. When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask Him to send more workers into his fields.’” Matthew 9:35-38

Thought

Much is touted from worldly voices in attempt to define the successful life, but only one proves fail-safe. The path of Christ’s desires always leads away from temptation and toward blessing and success as defined by him. Thus his heart of compassion and mercy for the hollow soul to experience the Good News of his Kingdom is of the utmost importance to him.

Someone told me once they did not feel they were responsible to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, that it was the duty of those gifted as evangelist to do so. While certainly the evangelist’s gift is genuine, they by no means carry exclusivity in sharing the good news. Jesus commissions all who believe and receive his gift of grace to be witnesses of his divine generosity.

Three immediate reasons come to mind for all Christians to be engaged in sharing their faith. First, a genuine follower is so grateful to Jesus for their abundant life, they can’t resist the opportunity to tell others. Second, it is the mandate of Christ; freely we have received, so freely we must give. We are all given the directive to go into all the world and make disciples. Third, if we are like him, we will have compassion on the wounded, wandering, and suffering. Every Christian is called into the harvest field if indeed they are Christian.

Prayer

Lord, as I enter my day and come into contact with people, please lead me in the sensitivity and discerning of your Holy Spirit. Fill my heart with compassion as was yours as you looked on those confused and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. Let me be a life-giving conduit of the good News of your Kingdom today. Amen.