Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Let Your Heart be Broken

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. James 1:22-24

The world is longing for examples of faith. The broken people in the world need to see that Jesus is alive and that He is at work in the world. As followers of Christ, we need to show, through our actions, that we are His. As James said, it is not enough to HEAR the word. We must be DOERS of it.

We are called to love others because He first loved us.

We love, because He first loved us. I John 4:19

Love is an action. We must share, serve, soothe, and be the means by which the Lord reveals His grace.

As this hymn so eloquently states, the principles of love that we display to the world are a visible expression of the God who rules above. We are a living illustration to those who have never heard about God and His love for us.

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35

We must add to our believing the "deeds that make it true." We are not saved through our works. However, our works do show that we have been saved, and that we are living lives of faith and belief.

Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. James 2:17

Each one of us has something to share with the world - we can all give and give again. Time, money, hospitality, a meal, a listening ear, an encouraging word from Scripture, a ride to church - we must all work to fill the vacant places where people in our world are left wanting.

We must all be willing to risk ourselves for the cause of Christ and the gospel. Daily, we must follow in His footsteps, loving as He loved, bringing the saving grace of Jesus to a broken world all around us.

This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.
I John 3:23

Let Your Heart be Broken
Words by Bryan Jeffery Leach

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 world's 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.

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