How often do we consider "labor" to be a labor of compassion? Jesus, upon seeing multitudes that were in need of the gospel had compassion for them. "And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 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.” (Matthew 9:35-38 ESV)
Often as we go about our day-to-day routines I wonder do we have eyes to see as Jesus did? Do we consider the broken hearted, those in need of direction, the weary? It is only in Christ that we find true rest, comfort, peace and direction for our lives. He holds the answer many search for and it is found in the gospel.
Today many seek answers and consider various directions in a never-ending search for peace and comfort. Filling their minds with activity. Creating schedules that do not allow time for stopping. Being so busy as to not allow time even to slow down or press pause. Knowing if done, the great longing would still not have been satisfied. Many seek to fill the holes with different substances or relationships that may provide for a moment the illusion of security, comfort and purpose. Only to find in the end a false hope, that the illusion, when examined closer, offers no substance, truth or lasting comfort.
Jesus looked upon the multitudes and was moved with compassion for them. His prayer was for laborers--laborers that would have compassion and the clear message of the gospel to provide purpose. The greatest extent of our love for people is found in pointing them to the Shepherd, the One who is able to completely satisfy, provide lasting peace, comfort and purpose. The message that Jesus stepped down from heaven and shed His blood on the cross filling the gap as only He can. Peace, security and comfort are found at the foot of the cross. His resurrection assures the believer that this is not a temporary relief but an everlasting, sustained and truthful peace.
Are you willing to be a laborer seeing the need as Jesus? We don't have time to rest for "The harvest truly is plentiful...."