Read Matthew 9:35-38, 10:1

Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” Matthew 9:35-38 NLT

Observation
Sometimes I look around at all of the problems in the world and I get overwhelmed. What can I do about all the poverty? The disease? The crime? It's comforting to me that Jesus looked out into the crowd and felt that same emotion. So what did He do? He turned to His Father. He told them to pray that the Lord would send more workers because He loved the people whose lives were at stake.

Application
It has never been about IF there is a work to be done it has only been the question: who is willing to do it? Like He said, the harvest is plentiful and the workers are few. So what can we do? I am glad to be part of a church that believes in the power of giving our time, talent and tithe to the community around us. We cannot fight every injustice ourselves, but we can take a look at the person/community right in front of us and start there. Ask yourself, “What harvest am I being sent to?”

Prayer
God, thank You for being the one we can turn to when we are overwhelmed by the world! Help us to see the harvest You are sending to in our every day lives. Help us to see the person in front of us that needs love today. We want to be a part of the what You are doing in our community. Amen. 

Kristina Paladin, Worship Leader/Missions Team
White Oak Campus

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