A Heart for the Lost
“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” Matthew 9:36
The final state of the reinvented believer is one who is well-rounded spiritually: those who have a sense of God’s heart and a balance of necessary items for the Kingdom of God. As the Church moves into greater assignment—it is important to keep our hearts aligned with God’s heart.
In all of our business development and real estate acquisitions in ministry, we must remain focused on the main thing—people. There is something dangerous about losing our fervency of care and concern for the well-being of mankind.
There is something hazardous about replacing our compassion and emotional attachment for the human condition with our elaborate computer systems and organizational structures. Admittedly, we need all of these things to be effective in the Kingdom but we must always strive to see, touch, feel and be connected to real people.
We are trusting God for a brand new army of reinvented believers that will turn this world upside down. A believer that not only has God’s back—but His heart!
If we have Kingdom compassion we must continue to “so love” people, even those we have never met. It lets us know that we still have the heart of God. If we had the compassion of Jesus, it would change our families, churches, and neighborhoods for the better. It would allow us to give to others what all of us want for ourselves. It would enable us to open up the door to fulfill the purpose of the Kingdom.
As pastors, leaders and Christians we cannot truly be followers of Jesus if we are self-centered. If we only think of ourselves and are very limited in thinking about others, then we won’t begin to accomplish the mandate of the Kingdom.
Let us not be so busy that we forget people. Let us not be so consumed that we forget God. It was said that sometimes we are so caught up in the work of the Lord that we forget the Lord of the work. Let us be motivated by our worship and guided by our hearts. Let’s not be so judgmental of people that we forget the needs of their souls.
An excerpt from Reinvent Yourself by Lyle and Deborah Dukes, pgs. 115–118