Then Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with Me now three days and have nothing to eat. I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way” (Matthew 15:32). Jesus had compassion on His followers, He fed them spiritually and physically too. His sheep were spiritually fed, leaving for home after 3 days, He took noticed of them and their other needs.They were hungry and would not make it back to their homes in a good state as they would faint on their journey. He gave them food to strengthen them, so they could returned to their homes both spiritually and physically satisfied. No wonder they kept coming back. They knew that if they had any difficulty, He would help them with it. Today this method is different. The members go to their leaders, and most of them are in the same position, but their shepherds forgot to take a closer cool to see if there is another need. The compassion is not there for their students, and so they go home and find themselves too faint to return to hear more, thus the membership decreases because they have no physical strength to return.
Do you Even Care?
They don’t see the love and compassion that Jesus showed, and they are confused because they are too frightened to tell someone that they have nothing to eat, in the fear that a gossip will start about it, and spread like gangering, or be told give and you will “increase”. They do without instead, and the shepherds give to be noticed, and leave their flock starving. I would have thought that they would provide for the children first and give the others the “crumbs from the children’s table (Matthew 15:26-28)”, but no. They give out of their wants innocently, and day after day, the sheep are scattered to go and fend for themselves. On their journey, they meet with a fox, who is too happy to have them for dinner, but God is looking. just as He saw Haggai, He sees you my brother, He sees you my sister, and He has made a provision for you to be fed.
God Will Decide
God is not going to ignore this kind of treatment towards His people. He will address every nation and will make a separation between the ones on His left and the ones on His right (Matthew 25:31-33). The question is: what are you going to answer when He reminds you of the care you shown to the ones you shepherd? Will it be “Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”? or: (Depart from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” ? Matthew 25:41). “This is what we need to focus on, when we meet with the congregation: (“And the King will answer them: Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to Me” Matthew 25:40), because people are suffering in silence and if we take time to find out if everyone is ok before they leave our gatherings and show compassion like Jesus did, members of the congregation won’t leave hungry, and die by the wayside. If what you teach is the same as what Jesus teaches, the members will not go home faint. If you love Him, feed His sheep. Don’t send them home hungry. No matter who you are in Christ, you will hear what He has to say later. You will give an account for everything you do, and say.
Jesus teaches: “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head (Romans 12:20). If we are to feed our enemy, should our family be left hungry? Jesus had a compassionate attitude towards His sheep, and we should follow in His footsteps. No matter where you go to worship God, make sure you know if your members, friends, or colleagues are not going to faint on their way home after you leave.
If they are hungry, do something to help the situation, not worsen it. Give them a reason to return cheerfully to hear the teaching of God and to have their needs met. Take time to find out if the person sitting or standing next to you is ok and if so, leave them with a blessing, but if not, do your best to lend a helping hand, as well as a blessing. It could be a word of encouragement they need. How will you be able to help, if you don’t know? Jesus knew that they were hungry. They did not tell them they wanted food, but He made it His business to know. He called to His Father above and food was provided for them. If you don’t have enough to feed them, ask God and start sharing the little you have. Everyone will be fed, because God sees the heart and know your motive when you ask Him. God desires mercy, not sacrifice (Matthew 12:7). God bless you.