"Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd." Matthew 9:36
Jesus was able to look at the hustle and bustle of people and see the real needs among them. Not only did He heal the sick but He saw their real need and that was their need of a Shepherd. They were lost and needed leading. The world is full of people like that today too. When people have physical ailments we can often easily feel compassion but the spiritual needs we can often overlook and not worry about. Jesus wasn't like that. The spiritual needs were what were really important to Him.
Lately I have been reading a book about people turning to Jesus in the Muslim world. I will be writing more on that later but this verse and the application to it reminded me so much of what I have been reading. Often we can feel like ignoring any Muslims around us because we don't know how to relate to them and perhaps sometimes there is a fear as well - but Jesus would look at them and see their desperate need for Him and love them. We need to do the same.
I want to be like Jesus and be more compassionate concerning the many people around me who are spiritually lost. I hope you will join me!
Above is what our world looked like this morning. Mara and some deer were out early before breakfast and Mara took some pictures. God can sure make things look beautiful!