“Break my heart for what breaks yours,” a popular line from the song “Hosanna” by Hillsong United came to life in my own life the other night. I suppose I have always had what you would call a compassionate heart. God has given me a tender heart for people, but this time it was different. I am not what you would call an evangelist by any means. Sharing my faith in Jesus has always scared me and my passion to share the gospel with the lost has unfortunately been minimal. But, an encounter with a co-worker via facebook began to change my heart, hopefully. I argued and shared the truth of the gospel for nearly 2 ½ hours Thursday night. I felt as if it all fell on deaf ears, yet my own heart was stirred.
I was thankful for the opportunity to share Jesus. I didn’t realize how important Jesus really is to who I am and how I live my life, until I had to share how Jesus has impacted my life with someone who thinks God is there, but really doesn’t care about us. We so often go on living our lives taking for granted the love, forgiveness, peace, and security we have in Jesus, while those around us really are living sad, purposeless lives with no security. What would happen if we forgot about our own agendas and asked for God to truly use us to share how he has turned our lives upside down and inside out? The world might be turned upside like in Acts when the apostles were sharing the gospel with anyone who would listen! As Peter and John said, “For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:20). Wouldn’t it be amazing if the people around us began to say, “The whole world has gone after him (Jesus),” (John 12:19) because we shared his truth? We have the truth, but so often we hide it or say we are too busy. We need to learn to open our mouths and hearts to the love and reality of God’s love for the world.
And you know what is also really amazing? You find out that what you said you believe is really true because you have to defend the FOUNDATION of your life. My world was rocked by the realization that Jesus is the foundation upon which I have been and am building my life.
I Peter 2:4-10
4As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 5you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.”[a] 7Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone,[b]“[c] 8and,
“A stone that causes men to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”[d] They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
So you see, my friend is stumbling over Christ because he thinks he can be good enough and it breaks my heart, when God longs for him to be “called out of darkness into his wonderful light.” I have chosen through the grace of God to embrace my Cornerstone, who has become the Cornerstone for how I live and what I do. Praise God for his marvelous light that rescued and is rescuing me from my darkness (depression, sin, doubt, pride etc.). I pray that we as believers begin to share this LIGHT and MERCY to a lost and dying world! So, Lord, “Break my heart for what breaks yours!”