Some Things Ought To Be Felt

A grandmother was thrilled that her grandson got a professional job after graduation—one which would require him to wear everyday a shirt and tie. But the grandmother mistakenly gave a shirt with a size 14 neck to her grandson who had a size 16 neck. After he tried it on, she asked, “How do you like it?” He answered, “Grandmother, I think it’s a good looking shirt and I would say more but I am all choked up.”

Well, there are some things which choke us up and really ought to choke us up! One of those things is the thought of so many around us without a relationship with Christ. When Jesus saw the crowd of people around Him that did not know God, He was “moved with compassion, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). Jesus was heartsick, burdened and brokenhearted over the lost. What moved the heart of Jesus is the same thing which should move us. So many without Jesus…

I am convinced that we will not begin to really impact our world until our hearts are truly moved. Evangelism won’t take place until it is felt!

Jesus wept over Jerusalem, “Oh, Jerusalem, how often would I have gathered you as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings” (Matthew 23:37).Pastor John Knox wept as he cried out to God, “Give me Scotland or I’ll die.” Missionary Henry Martyn arrived on the shore of India and began to weep praying, “Here let me burn out for God.” David Brainerd coughed up blood from his tuberculosis filled lungs as he prayed tearfully on his knees in the New England snow for the lost Native Americans. John Harper’s last words, as he surrendered to the cold Atlantic waters after the sinking of the Titanic, were “Are you saved brother?”

This is the kind of heart-felt passion we must have if we are to reach ones around us? Let’s ask God to give us a fervent heart for those without Jesus! Remember why—“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his fields” (Matthew 9:37).

So I ask you again as I did this past Sunday: Who’s Your One? (to share the love of  Christ). A good way to start, perhaps, is to invite your One to the picnic this Sunday, March 8, immediately after church, 1-5 pm, at Tradewinds Park. This will be a lot of fun and a great place to show your One the joy of Christian fellowship. Hope to see you there!

Devotedly yours,

Pastor Ron

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