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22Aug/150

A Passion for Ministry

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When you have the support you need, your time with God is great, and you are in a place of purity--God has the chance to really change your life. His timing is different with everyone, but at some point, He's going to break your heart. That's right:

Break your heart

It sounds cruel, but it's really not. It's one of the great blessings that comes from being in a place where you are feeling loved by God and others. Suddenly someday, you'll look around at people around you and realize that they are lacking what you have. And the day that you see people for who they are: poor, desperate, anxious, insecure--and you know all that they could have, you'll long to give it to them, and God will tie your heart to a specific age, ethnicity, part of the world, or career for a season. Here's one of the moments when Jesus talked about his broken heart:

Then Jesus went to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”  (Matt 9:35-38, HCSB)

The journey we are on is about to get intense--and you'll spend a lot more time focused on you and what God is teaching you than others. However, before we get too deep into that, I want to remind you that ultimately its about bringing more people farther along. You need to keep your broken heart...and you need to keep acting on it regularly. Don't ever lose sight of the hurting world.

Take some time today to read about the persecution of thousands in Iraq as ISIS advances in this article by persecution.com (click here) and then spend a minute praying for your brothers and sister who are homeless and fleeing for their lives from the hostile militants.

Write out your answer to this question:

Who has God broken my heart for?

What does God want the people group that breaks my heart to know, and how does He get that message through to them?

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