Praying for ComPASSION
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.” Mark 9:36-38
I have been struggling with a lack of motivation often lately.
Sometimes, okay a lot of times, I just want to run away from everything. I fantasize about packing up my family and moving to a ranch that is as far away from civilization as you can get. Civilization is hard to live in after all.
But that is not what I have been called to do. I, along with you have been called to love God and love others. And I know my specific piece of that calling is to write and speak the things that God lays on my heart. Yet, I find myself procrastinating, or worse, dreading doing the work that He has called me to do.
So, I have been praying, asking God to reveal to me why I cannot seem to muster up the energy to do the things I should be doing, let alone a passion for this calling.
He revealed something interesting. I am not just lacking motivation, I am intentionally numbing out.
It's been a lot these past few years and sometimes it feels like it is only getting worse. The brokenness all around seems insurmountable. And it's painful to face. So, I numb out rather than face the hurt head-on.
But numbing the pain numbs my compassion which steals my motivation.
Jesus never numbed himself to the pain. He embraced it and let himself be overcome with compassion for people. And that compassion is what nailed His hands and feet to the cross.
With my convicted heart open, God led me to Jesus's words in Mark: "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.” (Mark 9:36-38).
He is always faithful to provide an answer when I surrender my heart to His ways. I need to pray for comPASSION and allow it to fill me as Jesus did and I need to pray that God would send more workers into the fields.
So I am doing just that. Will you join me?
Seeing the belief:
As Jesus came ashore he saw the large crowd and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he taught them many things.
In our current cultural context comfort is a thing to be sought at a great price. It is a status symbol. Being comfortable is akin to being successful. But in order to be comfortable in this world full of pain and brokenness, you have to numb out. But we can't just numb out pain and hardship alone. When we numb our feelings, we numb them all. And when we numb the pain we cannot be filled with compassion and we lose our motivation. We have to continually embrace pain and suffering and allow ourselves to be overcome with compassion because this is how God moves us to action in the places He has called us to bless.
How have you found yourself numbing in the past?
Drink From the Well
Then Moses spoke to the LORD: 27:16 “Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all humankind, appoint a man over the community, 27:17 who will go out before them, and who will come in before them, and who will lead them out, and who will bring them in, so that the community of the LORD may not be like sheep that have no shepherd.”
27:18 The LORD replied to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is such a spirit, and lay your hand on him;