S: When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:36-38
O: …because they were harassed and helpless. Other translations say: weary, helpless, confused, aimless, scattered – like sheep without a shepherd. I see this today. I see so many women wandering, wondering, looking for guidance & direction. They look to the church to be these things for them and are disappointed when the church falls short.
But the church was never meant to take the place of the Shepherd. Only the Shepherd can heal the broken sheep.
And we are all broken sheep.
But we know the Shepherd. We know where to find guidance and direction & rest for our weary souls.
We know the Shepherd. We know the One Who heals and protects.
We know the Shepherd.
We know Jesus.
A: We can help others find Him, too. You tell us, Jesus, “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” You mean us! We are the workers! You, oh God, are the Lord of the harvest, and we are You’re workers. You will show us what to do – we can learn from You. Send out your workers, God!
Train. Equip. Release.
Those are the three words You’ve given me as instruction. Train. Equip. Release. We don’t have to be a pastor to help the sheep. We only have to know where to find the Shepherd, and lead others to Him.
And We know the Shepherd.
And the Shepherd knows us.
P: Lord, I need Your help. I love the sheep, Father. I don’t really know what I’m doing leading this group, but I’m trying, God. I want to see more workers in the field! Train us, Father! Equip us Holy Spirit. Release us Jesus! For Your name and Your glory!
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