Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Today's Devotional

TODAY’S VERSE
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 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 9:35-38


“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’”
Isaiah 6:8


TODAY’S MESSAGE
In Matthew 9, Jesus heals a paralyzed man, raises a dead girl and gives sight to two blind men. He is exhausted and feeling cramped in by all the throngs of people coming to him for help. Even after all this, Jesus goes from town to town teaching, preaching and healing every disease and sickness.

But then there is a dramatic shift in strategy – Jesus sees all the people harassed, helpless and needing help and then tells His disciples to pray that God would send you and I to help Him do His work. Do you get it? Jesus didn’t come here to help and heal everyone by Himself. He came to redeem mankind, begin the process of helping mankind find the way, the truth and the life and then commissions us to take His power and ministry to the whole world! He has empowered us to aid Him in bringing His message of salvation and healing to a desperate world - the world where you and I live. Might our response be like Isaiah’s, “Here am I. Send me!”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, thank you for your tireless mission of love that reaches out to me. Today I hear your voice saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go?” May I have the courage to respond like Isaiah and say, “Here am I. Send me!” ~Amen!

Yours, because we're His,

Tamara