I was a new kid that had transferred into the 9th grade just 2 months into the school year. The first day I was there, another student showed me the ropes of the school including the hamburger line in the lunch room. Since he didn't show me how to go through the pizza line or the random meal line, I went to the hamburger line everyday for the rest of the school year. I did not want to draw attention to myself by making a mistake in the other lines.
Yes, I have issues. I have a fear of asking questions, especially, questions that make me look like I don't know something. This has backed me into corners several times and has limited my learning in several areas. I admire people who aren't afraid to ask questions, bold questions, honest questions.
In Matthew chapter 9, Jesus is walking with his Disciples and from town to town. Crowds begin to develop. Check out what Jesus did:
35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
The first thing I notice is that Jesus had compassion on the crowds. He could see that they were confused and helpless. The second thing that I notice is that Jesus, who is the Great Shepherd, didn't just start rounding up the sheep. Nor, here, did he tell His disciples to do it. He simply asked them to pray and to ask God to send workers into His fields.
Step 2 in bridge building is to recognize that Jesus wants us to first See those who are confused and helpless, then he wants us to be compassionate towards them, then he wants us to pray that The Lord will supply workers to bring hope and guidance to the people.
Go ahead, ask Him!
We must have compassion like Jesus.
You can listen to last week's The Bridge Builder sermon by clicking here.