By Lydia Sellers >>>
I was abruptly interrupted while praying a couple weeks ago. As I poured emotional word vomit in “prayer” format, the Holy Spirit stopped me and suggested I ask if He had anything to say. As I quieted my soul and chose to listen, I heard Him say something a bit unexpected. He told me He was grieved.
Let’s go back a few months… I had to read a book called “The Kite Runner” for my college English class, and I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone who doesn’t have a strong stomach. One scene described the violation of a young child. I couldn’t handle it. My stomach turned, and I wanted to throw up. I grieved for the pain of this fictional child because I knew his story was the reality of nonfictional children all around the world.
Back to present… It dawned on me. If I feel horrible anguish for one child I don’t even know, what does God feel? He handcrafted each baby boy and girl and knows how many hairs are on their heads. I’m pretty sure He hurts more than I do to see any of them abused. I also bet He’s grieved by the horrific genocide happening in Iraq right now. Christians being murdered for their beliefs. He probably wants nothing more than to rush in and sweep all of His people up in His arms and love them.
And then the second wave of realization hit me… He wants to do this through you and me.
Colossians 1:18 (ESV) says, “And he is the head of the body, the church.”
Romans 12:4-5 (NLT) says, “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body.”
1 Corinthians 12:27 (NLT) says, “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”
We’re called to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the world. We’re called to action. Yes that’s somewhat overwhelming, but we can start by praying and individually asking God “How?” Ask God how He can use your resources and talents to bless, protect, and aid hopeless people. I had let my prayer life become all about me, and it shouldn’t have been. My prayer for you and me is it that we would have hearts of compassion for people and grow to have reflex responses to Christ’s thoughts. Amen.
“With Everything” by Hillsong Live is a beautiful worship song about pursuing God’s heart: