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Friday, August 5, 2016

Learning To See Others the Way Jesus Does

In review of Mark 6:34 it says, “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd”

Bottom Line:
Jesus saw people and felt compassion on them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he taught them many things they needed to know.

What this means to me:
In developing to be more like Jesus in character, I too should have compassion on those who are lost (sheep without a shepherd.) I can help introduce Jesus to them and teach them what I have learned and experienced.

Today's verse comes from Mark chapter 6 where Jesus feeds five thousand. Jesus and his disciples left on boat for quiet place to be alone for a while, however the people saw them leave and ran ahead along the shore and got there ahead of them.  When Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped out, he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. Later in the day, the disciples had encouraged Jesus to send the people away to find food, however Jesus told them, "you feed them." The disciples commented that even with many months of wages they could not afford to buy food to feed them. Jesus then instructs them to find out how much food is available. They came back with five loaves and two fish. Jesus told the disciples to have the people sit down in groups of fifty to one hundred. He then took the food, looked toward heaven and blessed them. Then breaking the bread into pieces, he kept giving it to the disciples so that they could distribute it to the people. He did the same with the fish. They all ate as much as they wanted and afterwards the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers.

I too should look at life from Jesus viewpoint. The best way to know I’m looking at life this way is to look at how I see other people.

A bit test of my spiritual maturity is not how much Bible I know or how often I go to church or whether I serve or tithe or pray, but rather my relationships and how I see other people. What I’m learning is the life is all about love!

Do I see my wife like God does (valuable, acceptable, lovable and forgivable?)  How do I see strangers around me here at Starbucks? The person who cut me off in traffic? A beggar on the street? What do I see when I look at others? Are they irritants? Burdens?

Are those I work with as enemies? Or as competition?

From what I know in scripture all people matter to God. It doesn’t matter who they are or what they’ve done or even what they believe. Christ died for them, Jesus loves them, God has a plan for their lives, and he wants them to have a relationship with him.

Today’s verse from Mark 6:34 says, “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd” (NIV). That’s the way Jesus sees people.

I too need to grow in this manner and not only have compassion for my own family but also for neighbors, communities, country and the whole world. I need to let my spiritual vision get larger and clearer and stronger as I learn to see people the way Jesus does.

Today, I will consider how I can show compassion to others.