Moved By Compassion

Matthew 9:35-38

This week I spent a good deal of time trying to get our lift pump to work the way it was supposed to work. I appreciate those who were willing to help out, and right now it is working! Praise the Lord. The problem was it would run, but nothing would really happen. It would stir the water in the pit, but it wouldn't move it out like it was designed to do. It turns out that we weren't getting it connected properly; once we did it began to work.

Now, you may be wondering why I am telling you this sad story. As a pastor, I often see illustrations in the most interesting places. This week in the pit, I saw an interesting parallel. That pump, like many of us, made a lot of noise and expended a lot of energy, but didn't get much accomplished. You ever feel this way? I know that I do.

Speaking with Randy the other day, he related to me some of the needs he has seen in the church in Ames. They need workers. He expressed how much he needed someone to help with music, children, and with the teens. He needs someone to help with follow-up and discipleship. He needs help with visiting. But I want you to understand that it isn't just the Heartland Baptist Church that needs workers…it is also Grace Baptist Temple!

Most surveys will agree that 80% of the work accomplished in a church is done by 20% of the people. A recent check of our membership list proves that we fall into that category as well. Why is this true? Why don't more believers get involved in ministry? One problem is motivation.

I. The Importance of Motivation

II. Jesus' Compassion

III. How Is Our Compassion?

The songwriter put it this way:

The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

1. To those who are without Christ … come now

2. For those who need motivation … compassion

3. For those who are in the harvest … pray