Lord take me back, back to the beginning, when I was young, running through the fields with you…
“I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.” (Romans 9:1-5)
I read Paul’s lament and heart breaking for his fellow Israelites who do not believe in Jesus as their Lord and have not received the salvation of His grace. Paul says he has, “great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart” (v.2) over his friends, neighbors, and people in his community both that he knows personally and does not know who have not heard the Gospel, do not love Jesus, and will enter into an eternity absent from Christ. His heart breaking for, and love of the lost is what drives his ministry, orders his day, and is the motivation for his mission journeys to the Gentiles, the people who do not know Jesus. He is a missionary, and the definition I use for a missionary is a “A person who is willing to sacrifice everything except the Gospel, for the sake of the Gospel.”
When you and I accepted the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross and entered into salvation through and in His death and resurrection, we also were made missionaries. You and I were called to be a person who is willing to sacrifice everything except the Gospel for the sake of the Gospel. So when was the last time you grieved over your friends and co-workers that do not know Jesus? Can you remember the last time your heart ached over those in your community, those you do not know who are absent from Christ? Can you think of the last time your woke up with your heart breaking for the lost, and planned your day and walked out of your door with love for the lost and reaching them with the Gospel as your main agenda? When was the last time you experienced your call to be a person who is willing to sacrifice everything except the Gospel for the sake of the Gospel? This is what we are called to do! This is what we were saved for! This is at the heart of calling ourselves a Christian. This is why Jesus birthed The Church.
Lord have mercy, Christ hove mercy, Lord have mercy.
We are now are in the season of Lent where we are to prepare ourselves, recommit our lives, and conform our lives to imitate The Greatest Missionary, Jesus the Christ. In your disciplines and devotions for Lent be sure to include devoting time to being a missionary.
My family, I pray during this Lent you pray and ask the Holy Spirit to instill in you a heart that grieves and breaks for the lost, which is a heart after Jesus.’ I pray you will accept your call and responsibility as one who was lost and saved by the grace of Jesus to share the saving grace of Jesus with those who are lost. In Jesus’ name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you my friends!