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“I pray you may have it too. It is a heart that is broken over teenage lostness. You know you have it if something happens in your heat when you see kids wandering a mall, hoping that something or someone will happen to them. Or when you see all those teenagers pouring our of the local school, looking like “sheep without a shepherd.” Maybe you feel it when you read in your local newspaper about teenage pregnancy or a teenage suicide. Or when you see kids hitchhiking or just hanging out. If you have Jesus-eyes, you see lostness … loneliness… pain. You see dying people. And your heart aches. Surely the Jesus who wept over His generation must weep over these kids. He wants to place His heart in yours. That broken heart drives you to keep pursuing more lost young people … keeps you going when everyone else is giving up … makes you leave your comfort zone and take risks to save lives.” ~ Ron Hutchcraft
Do you ache for those who do not yet know Christ in a vibrant and personal way? If so, you understand the heart of Jesus and have to do something about it … just like he did …
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:35-38 (NKJV)
We become like Jesus when …
o We agonize with compassion for hurting, lost people!
A broken heart is manifested by (1) Going into their world, telling them the Good News, and healing the broken (9.35).That broken heart aches because we see how and remember life is without Jesus in their every day existence: “weary and scattered.” And what breaks our heart more is that there is so much to do and so few doing it.
Eagle leaders go, tell, care and pray! “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Do you need help with the work? Are you praying for help, sent from God?
As you work with a compassionate heart, remember God cares too! He is waiting for a ‘personnel requisition’ from you. How about sending him one right now?
© 2009 By Dr. Matthew Lee Smith