Sunday, October 28, 2007

Let Your Heart Be Broken

Let your heart be broken for a world in need:
Feed the mouths that hunger,
Soothe the wounds that bleed.
Give the cup of water, and the loaf of bread.
Be the hands of Jesus, serving in his stead.

Here on earth applying principles of love.
Visible expression, God still rules above.
Living illustration of the living word,
To the minds of all who've never seen or heard.

Blest to be a blessing, privileged to care,
Challenged be the need, apparent everywhere.
Where mankind is wanting, fill the vacant place.
Be the means through which
The Lord reveals His grace.

Add to your believing deeds that prove it true,
Knowing Christ as Savior, Make Him Master too.
Follow in His footsteps, go where he has trod;
In the worlds great trouble risk yourself for God.

Let your heart be tender and your vision clear;
See mankind as God sees, serve Him far and near.
Let your heart be broken by a brother's pain;
Share your rich resources, give and give again.

Words & music - Bryan Jeffery Leech

After having an emotionally difficult past few weeks, I was so blessed by the annual Bible conference at my church this past weekend! The focus was on missions, a topic which is very near to my heart. The speaker served in the country of Jordan for many years, and the stories he brought to the congregation were fascinating and thought-provoking. One of the points the pastor brought up in the morning service was that too many Christians in America have settled into living comfortable lives by fitting in with the rest of the world. How true this is! While Christians in countries such as Pakistan and Turkey are being killed for their faith, I am embarrassed to tell classmates at my college that I go to church. Yes, others might look at me like I am strange if I make a stand for Christ or act different, but it is all worth it in the end! I am so blessed to have the freedom to proclaim Christ as my Savior and Lord without having to worry about being arrested or even killed. I am praying that I will be more bold in my faith and "not ashamed of the gospel of Christ" (Romans 1:16).
Thankfully, after all the encouragement I received from the messages, my depression was lifted, and I now see things in a different light. God knew exactly what I needed, and He helped me to get my focus back where it needed to be-not on myself, but on Him. Everything becomes so much clearer once I turn my eyes upon Jesus, Who will carry me each step of the way.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
~Lemmel H. Helen


Rachel said...

That is so true. It is so hard to be secure in your relationship with Christ around others, especially non-Christians. But we really just need to put our focus on God and our relationship with Him rather than worrying about others.

Neesie said...

Beutiful post my dear! I too was blessed by his sermon...and with his entire ministry to us over the weekend. Nothing states it more clearly then the song that you quoted..."Turn you eyes upon Jesus"...ah yes, that sweet face. Thank you for such an excellent post.

Maxine said...

Hi Sara. I heard you posted and what a precious post it is. It's always a blessing for any of us when the Lord causes us to turn our eyes away from self and on Jesus, isn't it?
The Lord did indeed give all of us a blessing this weekend to have Dr. and Mrs. K come an minister. What an inspiration they were to me also. I talked about them last night in a post, because I was touched by their vibrants spirits while reaching what most folks call "old age." It is so wonderful to see these two older folks still going strong for the Lord. The Lord was kind to let us get to meet them.

Maxine said...

Oh. I forgot to say that I'm glad you're doing better and that the Lord lifted you up during the weekend. Sorry for all the typos in the last comment. I guess I need to go to bed. :-)

Maxine said...

Oh. I forgot to say that I'm glad you're doing better and that the Lord lifted you up during the weekend. Sorry for all the typos in the last comment. I guess I need to go to bed. :-)

Beverly said...

Sara, I am so glad that God brought these two to encourage you so. It is wonderful how God lifts our spirits by showing us the hard work of other brothers and sisters in Christ. It makes us fervent once again for the journey we must take. We are so weak as Christians, aren't we? We have so much and yet we do so little. Thanks for your reminder.

Laura said...

that's so wonderful. I love hearing about mission work, don't you?
Thanks for all the encouragement. We'll have to talk soon. =]

Anonymous said...

Sarah, this may ssem odd for someone you've never met to be posting, especially to such an old post. But I was looking for the hymn in your post and your blog came up. Many of the sentiments in your blog express the echoes of my heart. I, too, love the Lord and am seeking to walk with Him. I, too, attend a secular college and struggle to swim upstream, against the cultural tide. I also attended the rebelution and was so blessed by the Harris brothers. I just wanted to say that I'm glad the Lord had you pop up. You are an encouragement to my soul!


Sara said...

Jill, I love meeting new people through blogger. I'm so excited you found me! Thank you for your comment. It's too bad we didn't meet at the conference. God bless!