Crossroads: We Are Called

Matthew 9:35-38

Your Story

Talk about a time when you told someone else about Jesus. What happened?

My Story and the Bible Story

When I was in eighth grade, I had a friend who knew about Jesus, but she didn’t have a relationship with him. Even so, she was open to talking about Jesus. Whenever I could, I told her how Jesus was making a difference in my life. I told her about how Jesus helped me through tough times and how Jesus would help her too. When her family was going through a difficult time, she and I talked about how Jesus would always be there for her. I shared Jesus with my friend because she was important to me, and I shared Jesus with her because he’s the most important person to me. I wanted her to have him in her life too.

Jesus called the disciples so that they could share God’s love with others, and he also tells us to share God’s love with others.

Read Matthew 9:35-38.

Jesus said to the disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few” (Matt 9:37). When Jesus said that, he wasn’t looking at fields of wheat or corn. He was looking at a crowd of people. He knew that everyone in the crowd needed God’s love. He knows that everyone on Earth needs God’s love. We have all been created by God, and we all have a hole in our lives that only God’s love can fill. So when Jesus said the harvest is great, he was talking about the number of people. Everyone needs God’s love, but not everyone shares God’s love. Jesus told the disciples to pray that God would send more people to share love with everyone around them. That’s where we come in! You see, like the disciples, we are called to share God’s love with others. We are God’s workers!

There are lots of ways to share God’s love with others. We can do something kind for someone else, like bake cookies when they are sick or help clean their yard after a storm. We can share God’s love with others by listening to them when they have a bad day or when they need a friend. We can share God’s love with others by giving to help them have enough to eat or warm clothes to wear. We can share God’s love with others by telling our friends how God helps us. You could stand on the sidewalk and shout, “God loves you!” to everyone you see. But when you do things to help others, when you listen to others, and when you tell your friends how God helps you, you are doing more to spread God’s love than you ever could by yelling at strangers on the sidewalk.

Just like the disciples, we are called to share God’s love with others. How will you share God’s love this week?

Discussion and Prayer

1. Talk about ways to share God’s love this week. What are some tangible things you and your family can do to share God’s love?

2. Talk about ways others have shared God’s love with you.

3. Choose a few ways to share God’s love with others, and take action steps to make sure you do these things.

4. Pray, giving thanks for how much God loves us and asking for help in sharing God’s love with others.

Rev. Jessica Asbell is the Minister to Children and Families at First Baptist Roswell, where she has been serving since 2012. She has written the children’s curriculum for Smyth & Helwys’s Annual Bible Study for the books of Daniel; Ezekiel; Luke; Jonah; 1 Corinthians; 1, 2, 3 John and Jude; Colossians; The Story of Israel’s Ancestors: Living toward a Promise; and Where Faith & Family Meet: A Book of Weekly Devotions. She has also written for CBF’s Spark and Form and for Affect in CBF’s fellowship! magazine. Married to Jonathan Oravec, Jessica reads every chance she gets.

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