30 for 30

Day Nine

Stop

Stop what you’re doing. Quiet your heart today. Whatever distracting thoughts are flowing through your mind, try and quiet them for a few moments. Be still in God’s presence and allow His perfect love to meet you exactly where you are.

You don’t need to do anything, or even say anything. Jesus is with you, right now, in the room.

Invite Him to meet with you.

Take 5 minutes in quiet pondering Jesus, thinking about Jesus and quietly inviting Him into your day.

Look

Read Matthew 9. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you. You may want to make notes, underline in your bible or journal all that God is saying.

Thought of the day

Matthew 9:36-38 "When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”"

Jesus’ heart is with the lost. He aches over the lost. He weeps over the lost. He longs that all would come to Him and none should perish.

Matthew writes that Jesus had compassion on the crowds when he saw them.

Charles Spurgeon wrote about the word compassion: ‘This is said of Christ Jesus several times in the New Testament. The original word is a very remarkable one. It is not found in classic Greek. It is not found in the Septuagint. The fact is, it was a word coined by the evangelists themselves. They did not find one in the whole Greek language that suited their purpose, and therefore they had to make one. It is expressive of the deepest emotion; a striving of the bowels – a yearning of the innermost nature with pity.’

This is how Jesus feels right now about everyone in our city that doesn’t know Him.

We need this heart.

The issue, Jesus says, is not to do with the readiness of the harvest, but to do with the number of laborers. We must pray, and we will today, for laborers to be sent out.

But what moves ordinary people to join the army of God? What turns spectators into participators? What causes people like you and I to reach out, share Jesus, invite our world to know Him?

It’s looking with Jesus’ eyes, and feeling with Jesus’ heart. It’s seeing people – truly seeing people – and feeling God’s compassion for them. Weeping His tears for them. We need His heart for the lost. We need a supernatural impartation of compassion for the lost. We need His burden.

This is our prayer today. That we would catch afresh the heart of God for the lost in Hull. That we would rid ourselves of apathy and the contentedness with comfort – and we would go.

Pray

Today, spend some time praying that simple command of Jesus – that the Lord of the harvest would send workers into the harvest field.

Live

Consider today how you might be the answer to that prayer. Who in your world could you cry out to God for that they might come to know Him? Make a list and pray.

Also, initiate contact with a non-Christian today. It doesn’t matter how or where. Just initiate contact – who knows where it could lead!