When he saw the vast crowds of people, Jesus’ heart was deeply moved with compassion, because they seemed weary and helpless, like wandering sheep without a shepherd.
– Matthew 9:36 TPT
As we go through the winter months in this second year of the pandemic, most of us are spending a lot of time seeing screens—iPhone screens, computer screens, Zoom screens, and TV screens. Whether you are struggling through a Zoom class or trying to take a quick break to watch YouTube or play COD, living on a screen can become mind-numbing and heart-numbing. In fact, we can get so lost in our screens that we forget to look up and see people.
Jesus saw people. He saw their needs, their pain, their potential, and their dreams. He not only saw people, but his heart was also moved by them. He connected with them, and he deeply loved them.
David Razo, a student at De Anza College, grew up in San Jose. He saw people in his neighborhood, his community, and his school every day who were struggling to get by. However, something changed two summers ago. He was invited to a Zoom get-together by one of his former coworkers, Airish.
He saw something different in this group of friends and it began to change him. He saw friends talking, praying, sharing, and struggling together. He studied the Bible, learned about God, and after being baptized on July 4, his changes kept coming.
See a need, meet a need
During these winter months, as David walked through the same community he grew up in, he began to see it differently.
He saw the needs and his heart was moved. He saw people without homes and without proper clothes for the cold. He had compassion, and that made him take action. David talked to his friends on campus and they decided to research the biggest needs of homeless shelters in San Jose.
The team organized and held a clothing and blanket drive. The response was great! As one college student described it, “gigantic bags of clothes and blankets” came rolling in.
When David took all of the supplies to Life Moves-Montgomery Street Inn which provides transitional housing as well as services for veterans, the staff was ecstatic. They had been worried they would not be able to meet the great need of those coming to them.
David, and many of the other college students in our church, inspire and challenge us to really see people as Jesus did. We can all follow David’s example to not just see the needs of people but to then be moved to take action and meet those needs.
Whether it is something big or small, God can do anything when we work together.
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.”
– Matthew 9:37-38 NIV
Till next week,
Scott and Margo Colvin
South Bay Lead Ministers