Compassion – When Tired
Job 21; Mark 5,6
“…he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’ So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving…got there ahead of them. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.”
Sometimes we are invited into ministry opportunities when we feel our resources are depleted. When we ourselves are in need, we face the needs of many others.
How do we respond?
Have our homes become places of retreat, self-indulgence and isolation? - or hospitality, ministry and generosity?
Our heart motivation is tested when we face costly demands from people when we are already tired. Jesus’ compassion for a large crowd, when he and his disciples were tired, could only have come from the power of the Holy Spirit. Sheep without a shepherd are at risk of dying, and Jesus understood that the stakes were high as he faced a large crowd of needy people.
Are we too aware of the eternal consequences of our choices when faced with spiritually hungry people?
“Lord Jesus, fill me with the same empowered compassion for others that you had; and set me free from the self-indulgence which keeps me from growing.”