“Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).
The compassion of Jesus is captured in a word that points to a visceral experience; a response birthed deep within his organs. His concern for the human condition is much more holistic and encompassing than determinations of heaven and hell. His heart is broken for people who are alive but not living; who drift aimlessly through life, seemingly unaware of what God would desire for them. I fear that we are emotionally unspurred by the aimless masses because we are not fully convinced that the Kingdom life God would have us pursue, is truly a more rewarding and fulfilling life than the one offered by the world. It’s time for a gut check.