Matthew 9:35-38 – Help Wanted

Read Matthew 9:35-38

Have you ever been short-staffed at work? Maybe it was a weather-related shortage and you pitched in for someone missing. Holidays were another time when people just didn’t show up for work if they didn’t already have time off arranged. But you remember the feeling of desperation. There was a lot to get done with only a few people. It wasn’t like you could just push a button and have immediate help at your disposal.

Jesus was seeing firsthand how hungry the people were for the truth. He saw how confused they were with the messages they were receiving. So many people were walking around sick, demon-possessed, and totally lost. They needed a Savior. We could say the same is true today. There are many walking around with affliction, not sure how they are going to afford to live, relying on their own power, and in desperate need of a Savior.

We should be crying out to God, too, to send workers. We need help. There are so many people who need Jesus. They just don’t know it. They know they are not happy, they feel like something is missing, but they don’t know how to fix it. Jesus does. Jesus is the solution. We know that, don’t we?

Then why are we being silent? When is the last time you shared your faith with a stranger? See what I mean? There are still many sheep looking for their shepherd. We do need more workers. We need to do a better job of being workers ourselves. We can’t just wait for someone else.

Take some time today to think through places where you could spend your time and be a better “worker” for Jesus.

Let’s pray. Lord, I’m sorry for how inward focused I have been lately. There are things going on that have kept me from being a good worker. Ignite in me the passion so I get out of my comfort zone and open my mouth. I am not ashamed. I love you more than life itself. I look forward to the day when we will meet face to face. Your kingdom shall have no end. Give me the words and open up the opportunities to share your truth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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