Missions Emphasis month: rewind
Over the last four weekends we’ve had the opportunity to hear some incredible stories from some of our missionaries about how God is working around the world. Unfortunately, at times missionary visits like this can actually create a nagging sense of guilt in our hearts because we’ve never ventured out to the “mission field.” We review our laundry list of personal defects we use as excuses to not do what missionaries do. And while it’s true that overseas missions isn't for everyone, an inactive and ineffective life isn't our calling either.
The first chapter of Nehemiah describes his response upon hearing about the horrible conditions in the city of Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile. The news broke Nehemiah’s heart to the extent that he chose to leave his position as the king’s cupbearer and lead the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls. Nehemiah took who he was, and the influence God had given him, to do what he could to address a situation that broke his heart.
What breaks your heart? What’s happening- whether in your neighborhood or across the globe- that captures your emotion? What needs to be done around you that God could accomplish through you?
You have no idea what hangs in the balance of your decision to embrace the burden God has placed in your heart. You can’t always make a difference in the world, but you can devote yourself to make a difference in someone’s world.
- What are some things that prevent you from moving from just feeling compassion for others to acting compassionately on others’ behalf?
- What is one thing you can do this week to begin to identify what breaks your heart? What can this group do to help and support you?