It is easy to be friends with people that are like us. You go to the gym; you make friends in the gym. You walk to the same park every weekend and chit-chat with the other people at the park. Or you start making connections over your kids’ eating habits and nap schedules and recent milestones.
“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.”(Matthew 9:35)
With Believers, it is no different. You attend church, drop your kids off in the same classroom, and settle into the same row of seats every weekend, and you are bound to feel some sort of affinity with them. Maybe you even start up a conversation. But that is simply because, as individuals, we have a need to fellowship with one another.
When we follow Jesus and get an inside perspective on His heart, we always see that He had compassion on those around Him. The people were poor and sick, confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd, and Jesus commanded His disciples to take the Gospel to the world.
This commandment is true today. Jesus means that the people who are not sitting next to you in church, and those who do not have a relationship with God and could care less about Him; they are the people that matter to Jesus and they should matter to us as well.
We are made to encourage and support one another, and our number one mission is for someone who is lost, and Jesus will not stop searching until He finds that lost one. As His people, Jesus is enlisting our help and asking us to live with this same passion: that we may see our neighbors, friends, colleagues, and family members who are far from Him finally come home.
Who do you know that needs God today?