Each week, One Community Church presents a devotional that was written by one of our partners.  This week’s reflection is from Nikkol Harper.The Word:
When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. Mark 6:34 (NASB)

The Story:
One day at work I noticed that I became annoyed with one of my co-workers. He was clearly in need of personal attention, but I was a bit dismissive of that need because it was coming at what I deemed as an inopportune time. I had a lot to do on the job, at home and at church. I was not keyed in to the loneliness and emptiness my co-worker was experiencing because he does not know God. Later on, as I was reading Mark 6, I was overwhelmed with sadness and compassion for him.  As I reflected on all of our conversations, I realized that this man was searching to fill the void in his life that can only be filled by Jesus Christ. Ironically, I had become so focused on work and ministry that I couldn’t see an opportunity right in front of me to offer God’s love and hope to someone in need.  I realize that I must not allow the busyness of life to keep me from introducing Christ to those who do not have a relationship with him.

The Reflection:
Are we so busy that we miss opportunities to share the gospel with others? What can we do to extend ourselves to people who do not know Christ?  How are we responding when we detect cues that they may be desperate for the love and hope that only Christ can provide?

The Application:
This week, take the time to offer a word of hope and encouragement to someone who doesn’t know Christ.  Ask God for opportunities to share His word with someone who does not know Him.

The Prayer:
Lord, give us the ability to recognize people who do not know you or feel hopeless. Grant us a compassionate heart so that we slow down and share Your truth with them. Amen.