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Bible open in heart shape

Gospel Meditations are both biblically and theologically intense and complex—they are not for everyone. For those who are beginners in the Faith, these might be difficult to grasp. The discipline of examining Scripture and internalizing it requires some spiritual maturity. So then, if at first the going is rough, keep at it and grow in your understanding of both the Bible and theology, while we ask the Holy Spirit to do a “deep” work in us.

So I invite us all to meditate upon, reflect on, contemplate, and consider afresh the Word and Work of our Triune God. Each Gospel meditation will center on a passage of Scripture, and a method of reflection will be outlined each week. Perhaps early in the morning we may rise up and seek Him, as David did, and rejoice at the wonder and beauty of God our Savior.

Matthew 9:35-38
"The Harvest & Workers"

(This is the second time for this one.)

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."(ESV)

1  Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.
2 Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.
3 Say the Lord's Prayer.
4 Sing or chant the Jesus Prayer.
5 Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
6 Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
7 Reread it.
8 From memory, determine the central points.
9 Jesus was a" laborer" or "worker," and He calls us to labor and work with him.
10 Notice the word labor; labor is work and not leisure or pleasure.
11 Jesus' motivation was compassion.
12 And we are harassed and helpless.
13 Jesus’ request for prayer is to his disciples, and so then to us who are also his disciples.
14 With all the Christians in the churches, how might it be that the laborers are few?
15 Notice "pray earnestly": nowhere else does Jesus use such strong urging.
16 Laborers are "sent out," which is the concept of being an apostle. Look at the first two sections in Matthew 10 to understand the wider context of our passage.
17 What is your part in this: a person of prayer or a laborer? Perhaps both? 
18 Consider now your discipleship.

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Last Update: 2015-04-24 13:48