Thought for today; Mark 6: 34And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. 34. When Jesus arrived, he saw this huge crowd. At the sight of them, his heart broke—like sheep with no shepherd they were. He went right to work teaching them.
Something here caught the Master’s attention, He as he looked out over the people. Sometimes we think that the Lord does not even notice us, but, that is just a lie that the enemy likes to use against us. Why are you even here, he’ll be too busy to minister to you anyways, go do your own thing, you know He’s a busy man…. We have to come to that place of, No, He is my God and if He see’s a sparrow fall and know the count of hairs on my head, I know He will stop. When I read this, it came to my remembrance of what I seen one day while taking a drive, and seen sheep on a hillside, and they were scattered pretty far apart …that is what Jesus must have seen… They were totally open for an attack from a predator. They were separated from each other… (Almost like a lack of community, or a belonging to someone…) They were off doing their own thing, not thinking of the consequences, and just how deadly that could be. Just at the sight of them he was moved with compassion or His heart broke at what he saw. When you see people that are hurting and separated from one another for whatever the reason, it should move us also. What does the heart of a Shepherd do? Let’s look at some of the things a true shepherd will or should be doing… He will protect his flock against an attack of from predators; His eyes are upon His sheep that he is guarding. He will love His sheep, even to the extent that it would cost him, he will still freely give all that he has. He is willing to make the hard choices that a shepherd has to make with an unruly sheep. He will lead them into the best pastures to graze upon and find the best water for them to drink. He keeps track of them and knows them by their markings or traits, even their personality that makes them unique to him. He provides correction when needed. He watches their health by knowing them intimately. He loves them. And he teaches them by talking to them and bringing comfort and security that he is there. I love what Mark wrote here after Jesus seen these things…Jesus did not pawn off the work on someone else, nope… These were His sheep and it says, “He went right to work…” He could not take another step, He was not going to hope someone else seen what He saw. There was an act of responsibility, “He went right to work…” Work is never easy or they would not call it work… He seen the task ahead of Him and He began to teach them the word. He poured out into them that living water that will never leave one thirsty; He began to feed them for He was the bread of life that all nourishment for the spiritual need is met by. He became intimate with them and their needs. He took His time as precious and as limited as it was, He, “Stopped!” Why? Because He is the personification of Love, that when a need is seen, everything stops till those needs are met. He, “Stopped” for this was His reason for coming… He came to seek and save that which is lost, hurting, despondent, helpless, hopeless those that the world has put distance between themselves and that person… and sometimes even those in the church have put at a distance because they are not like us… So these one’s are those that are scattered along the hillside and Jesus’ heart breaks and He takes time to Love those that people have called unlovable. We truly see the master’s heart in this one scripture…. He wanted them to come into the unity of the faith and realize they are the community of believers that He loves. So if that is you today…. Then the master is saying to you, my heart is broken for you, accept me, and I will give you protection and place you in my family and I the Lord and Master desires to Love on you and teach you….Because I have a plan for you life….and that is to be loved like you are loved by me. Have a great day today and love someone and become a part of the community of Christ Followers….!!!
Pastor Ron Crandall