If you’ve ever looked at your child tucked-up and fast asleep in bed as a parent, you will have caught a glimpse of how God looks at us. His primary motivation is compassion. That is why he sent his beloved Son to die for us.
(Matthew 9 v36) When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
On Thursday at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting and at today’s Sunday services, we renew our commitment to our primary focus on ‘Community’. Last year’s focus was ‘Community – becoming the community God has called us to be to reach the community he has given us’. Over this coming year from April 2017 to April 2018, we will continue our focus on community but with a new urgency: ‘Community – making new disciples’.
Our primary motivation in all we do to connect with our community and make new disciples must not be simply to grow a bigger organisation, but to show more of the compassion of Christ to our community, in order that more people may learn the joy of becoming his disciples.
Taking the message outside these four walls is always exciting. On Tuesday, I will be leading an assembly at Christ Church School. The theme is ‘The Good Shepherd’. I haven’t got a sheep, but Sophie does have a hamster called Wiggles. He’ll be the star of the show. Pray that they children will learn about the Good Shepherd who cares for them far better than we could ever care for anything or anyone else.
Yours in Christ, David Hall