Posted by: pastortomvabeach | July 14, 2014

Thought for the Week July 20, 2014

As I mentioned last week, a group of us is reading, discussing, and attempting to practice some ideas from Doug Pollock’s book God Space. We want to increase our skills at helping people who are not-yet-Christians to discuss spiritual issues safely without judgment so that God might open up opportunities to share the gospel.

I say we’re “attempting to practice”, because Doug shares some really simple practical things that can be done that may open doors for spiritual conversations and we want to learn how to use those ideas. This week we have been challenged to ask the Lord for 31 days in a row to help us to see others as He sees them during our everyday interactions with people.

Why do that? Matthew’s gospel records a moment when it says that when (Jesus) saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9:36-38). Jesus didn’t see those apart from Himself as sinners, rejects, incorrigibles, untouchables, etc., but as those who needed someone to help them. He saw them with a heart that felt their needs and then He went about meeting needs. He saw them as a “harvest”! That means He saw them as potentially already in the kingdom. All they needed was some workers to get into the fields and bring them in.

Our challenge is to get to the place where we see people just like Jesus did, so that we will stop passing them by, stop thinking they are too hard or too lost, stop believing that we’re too busy. The world around us needs Jesus and what we need is to see what it is they need so we can be Jesus (workers in the harvest) to them.

I wonder if you will take this challenge with our class. For the next 31 days, at least once a day, pray, “Lord Jesus, as I interact with others today, help me to see them as you do.” As you do this and become more aware of what Jesus sees in others, keep a written record of what he is showing that you haven’t noticed before. Maybe even ask God what He’d like you to do with the things you’re noticing. The gauntlet is thrown!

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