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I’m the needy one ……… and so are you

“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.” Mark 6:34.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Numbers 21-23, and Mark 6-7.

When I first read this verse my thinking was, “I want to be like Jesus and show compassion on the needy.”

After another reading I changed my arrogant tune. How? I realized that I needed to be part of the needy “crowd” in the story.

To look at myself as a “helper” indicates that I foolishly perceive myself as having something to offer others on my own. I don’t. I must see my own neediness. I will never be one of God’s assistants!

The folks in the Mark 6 story walked miles to get close to Jesus. They were willing to walk as far as it took to be in His Presence.

Certainly a lesson for me: How far will I go to solidify my position near Him? What will I give up? What will I delay doing or having? I need to show passion about being in His Presence.

The other piece to this verse is the reality that Jesus truly cares for us in the crowd. In this story, He had every reason to avoid the crowd. He was tired. It had been a long day and night.

But the God we love saw their neediness. He knew their aches. He knew their pains. He knew what they needed to learn. And so Jesus took time to tell them the things He knew they needed to hear.

I must be willing to follow Him at all costs because He has everything I will ever need. I must be a full-time, following, member of the crowd chasing Him. I must pursue Him with no preconceptions of my own worth apart from Him. I am needy and He has, and is, all that I need.

“Lord, I thank You for the Bible. There are so many stories about how I should live. Help me to internalize Your Truth and live it out in my midst. Help me, God!”

Do you arrogantly believe that you can “help” God?  You are spiritually blind to think that.

My wonderful wife at Plum Island Reserve.

My wonderful wife at Plum Island Reserve.

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Jesus had sympathy

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

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 21 & Mark 5-6)

Jesus had put in a long day.  He had taught and healed.

Later He had walked on the water and calmed the disciples and the water.

When they reached the other side of the Sea of Galilee (some four miles across) some of the crowd that they had left (ten land miles away) had reached the other side ahead of them.

In one of many role-model moments, Jesus thought nothing of his exhaustion but instead felt sorry for the crowd that had gathered.

Jesus could see how needy those in the crowd were.  They were desperate to be wherever He was and so He had sympathy for them.

I need to see people the way Jesus saw the people described in this verse.  I need to be willing to be helpful.  I need to be prepared to offer His Words to them.

If I am walking in synch with Him, I will be familiar with His way of life.  His Words will be my words and so I will say His right thing to those I meet.

“O Lord, open my heart to those in my midst.  Help me to see them as You see them.  Fill me with You so that I can rightly represent You.  Thank You for sending Jesus to earth to represent You.  I love You, Father.”o28

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Jesus cares (Mark 6:34)

(Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading – Job 21 & Mark 5-6)

“When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them.”  Mark 6:34

What lesson is there for me in this Scripture?

Do I really care about others?

Jesus is forever the perfect role model.  Here, despite being exhausted, He instantly cared about the people He saw waiting for Him on the shore.

Jesus rightly perceived these folks to be needy.  He also rightly perceived that He had what they needed and was willing to give it to them.

If I am filled with Him, then I will have His instincts.

First of all, I will actually see the needy in my midst.  The needy are not only those with physical and/or financial problems.  The need of many of them is spiritual.

Second of all, I have to be willing to trust God to help me take the action He wants me to take.  If I act in my own strength, I make a serious mistake.  If there is action He wants me to take and I pass on it, I also make a serious mistake.

Godly compassion is only possible if I have a solid relationship with Him.  “Apart from Me you can do nothing.”

I must submit to Him and allow Him to fill me with His Holy Spirit. Then I will have what it takes to respond to those in my midst with the same compassion He displayed.

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