Thursday before last, I was standing on the SW corner of 5th Ave and 35th St. in NYC during the 4:00pm rush hour. There was nothing but a wall of people on the sidewalks and crossing the streets, as far as my eyes could see. Most weren’t walking particularly fast, but they were focused on a final destination. As I was looking upon these individuals I was thinking of their final destination.
In Matthew 9:36 we read of Jesus when He was looking out on the multitudes: “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like a sheep having no shepherd”.
Jesus in this passage felt great compassion for the crowds of people. When He looked upon all of these followers He saw people who were helpless, tired, hungry, sick, depressed, and sinful. They were to Him as sheep having no shepherd.
I had a similar frame of mind as I was standing on that crowded street corner passing out the Gospel message. It was impossible to give everybody one, and not all would take one; but in the hour or so that I was standing 322 people opened their hand to take hold of one. My message was simple as I looked them in the eyes.; “I have something just for you”. I had a short conversation with a few of them. One person I spoke with for 5 minutes or so and I got the contact information for a future meeting.
My mission wasn’t to go into detail with these folks with the full Gospel message, but it was to plant the seed for their next encounter with “whoever” The Lord sends their way. Jesus said something about this; “For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps. I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor” (John 4:37-38).
I have reaped many times of that which I didn’t labor; but the seed sower is just as crucial in the process. All of us can do this. Today, won’t you sow a little seed???
Until tomorrow, Lord willing,