One of the hardest days of my life was when I realized I needed eyeglasses. For several months I noticed that I could not read the clock on the back wall of the church. While that can be seen as a rather humorous situation to be in as a pastor, it was actually very humbling. For many years I could see quite well, but not being able to see something that I should discouraged me immensely.
There are many Christians today who need to correct their vision, but not with a pair of prescription eyewear purchased from the local Optometrist. Many of God’s people have allowed themselves to be desensitized to the needs of others. This can happen sometimes due to the fact of not paying attention to those around you. While looking at people, we may actually not see them at all! Jesus was not like this. The Bible indicates that He was MOVED with compassion when He SAW the multitudes.
(Matthew 9:36) “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.” (KJV)
We need to see people the way Jesus views them. As our Lord ministered to people each day, He took time to not only be around them, but He observed their needs as well. In the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, we need to slow down and notice the needs of other people. This, of course, will interrupt our life, push us out of our comfort zone, and put us in a vulnerable position. In spite of the unpleasantness which can occur while trying to minister to the needs of others, it is quite rewarding!
Everybody enjoys it when someone notices a need we have and endeavors to take care of it. So why is it that we do not try to reciprocate? Why do we enjoy being a “consumer” more than a “producer”? Our human nature robs us of opportunities to make a difference in the lives of those around us. Will you open your eyes and behold the harvest field of opportunity? Will you be the servant that Christ can use today?