A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
You know the routine, look into the machine and read the third line from the bottom, from left to right. Then the opthamologist makes some adjustments and asks, Is this better?. We all know how important good eyesight is but what about our spiritual vision? As followers of Jesus Christ, we have been called to put off sin and to live transformed lives. As we expose what is contrary to God and His character,in ourselves and others, we must do so with compassion.
After a busy day of teaching in Galilee, Jesus and his disciples leave the crowds behind and look for a secluded spot to be rejuvenated. But the crowds, intent on being with Jesus, catch sight of the small boat He is in and run ahead on foot to meet him on the other side. Instead of finding peace and quiet when He comes to shore, Jesus is greeted by a large crowd of people. What would you have done? Tell them to go home because you are too tired? Maybe you can invite them to come to next week’s Bible study and then tell them to leave you alone?
In Mark chapter 6 we are told that Jesus dropped everything because when He saw the multitudes “…He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” Rather than being annoyed, Jesus is moved by the plight of those before him. Their faces reveal vacant and empty lives in search of answers to life’s deepest questions.
If we are truly disciples of Jesus Christ, then we will see others in the same way he did. Now is that better?