March 5, 2009

serach-for-one-3There is a lot that we can learn about kids ministry when we look at what the Bible says about sheep and shepherds.  This year at LifeKids we’re all about sheep… baaaa.

Matthew 9:35-36 says

“When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd.” (The Message)

Wow, Jesus’ heart broke.  Jesus is showing us what God is like, His heart for people is so huge, so deep, so moved, so hurting for those who are lost and hurt. God’s heart is so moved towards us that it lead Him to send His perfect Son to die the most horrible death, go through hell so that we can be rescued.  That’s a lot of broken heart.

As Jesus’ followers, we need to have the same deal.  We need our hearts to be broken and moved for the lost and hurting, causing us to love like He does.  But do we?

To be honest, my heart isn’t as broken as it could be.  It’s so easy to be moved by someones story or something I see on TV and then in the next moment to be swept back up in my own world.  Here are some things I think can help us be broken like Jesus…

1. Spend time with Him talking about the lost and hurting.  Don’t just stick to the same old prayers about yourself and your corner of the world. Ask your best friend about what is on His heart, chances are He will be only too willing to share.

2. Be prepared to hurt.  Often I turn down the opportunity to be broken because I know it will weigh heavy on my heart.  There is a cost.  It sucks sometimes.  But that is a part of sharing in Jesus’ suffering, picking up our cross to follow Him.

3. Go out of your way to see what is going on in the world of the hurting and lost, the ones who are desperate to know the love of God.  Recently I took the opportunity to be a buddy at Southern Cross Kids Camp.  My life was changed on the final night when my 8 year old buddy got out of control, yelling and screaming at me.  It was then that I broke, knowing that the only thing that will bring her hope and wholeness is Jesus.