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Devotional

There is something about the way Jesus sees people that makes me want to know him more.  The more I walk with God – not practicing religion or doing ministry but getting to know the person of Jesus – the more I see people the way he sees them, and the more I hurt like he does.  Are you with me?

When we see people the way God does, our attitudes change.

In Matthew chapter 9, Jesus is ministering to the people in his home town, the people who know him the best.  And he knows them better than anyone.  He knows their wickedness.  Yet, he still has compassion on them.  His heart breaks for them. 

Our hearts should be breaking like his.  We should be walking in to our schools, our offices, our own homes and seeing the people around us the way God sees them.  And our hearts should be breaking for them.  We should understand that God has set providential appointments for us to reach these people with the truth.  God puts us where we are for a reason.  It may not be the way you have dreamed it would be.  It may not be the popular crowd you are witnessing to, or the person who is going to make you look good if you can reach them with God's word.  But it is still God's appointment for you.  Your eyes have to be open to see them as God sees them. 

Matthew 9 says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” 

We ask God to save our friends, to save our family members, to work in our schools, to send someone to witness to our boss.  Why not you or me?  Are we too afraid of losing a friendship or a job?  Shouldn't we be worried about our friend losing his soul?  Are we so concerned about what they are going to think of us that we let these divine appointments pass?  Shouldn't they be worth the awkward moment?  Friend, when you pray for God to work in someone's life, be prepared.  He may say to you, “Get ready.  You're going in.”

We love these people, right?  Our moms, dads, brothers, and sisters?  Our friends?  Love gives us the right to speak the truth to them.  When you love others, they know you are sharing with them because you love them, and your willingness to share the truth proves you love them.  You have to love them despite their sin.  You have to love them where they are, and you have to love them with the truth. 

The place God puts us and the people around us are the harvest field, and we are the laborers.  He equips us for the work.  We just need to be ready to love them like Jesus does.

About the Song

“This song is about a person realizing that they’ve been a really cruddy friend because they haven’t shared the truth with the person closest to them. A lot of people will say, ‘I want to share the gospel with my friend, but I don’t want to ruin my friendship.’ What you are really saying is ‘I love my friendship more than I love my friend and I don’t want to lose them by giving them this to save them.’ That’s what this song says. It’s tough, but it’s truth.”

Scripture

  • 1 Corinthians 13
  • Ephesians 4:15
  • 1 John 3:18
 

Lyrics

(Mark Hall, Bernie Herms)

For the longest time, I believed the lie
That I’m not a strong enough believer
To be the friend that can take your hand
And lead you straight to Jesus
I’m waiting on the preachers, singers, and the teachers
To string the perfect words together
But every single time I have to say goodbye
I wonder will this be the last time

I can’t call myself your friend and walk away

When we love, we earn the right to speak the truth
When we speak truth, we show the world we truly love
I’m not pointing my finger, I’m holding out my hand
I lay it all on the line now to see God save my friend
Let my life and my words be the proof
I’m gonna love you with the truth
Gonna love you with the truth

Yes, God is love, but God is just
And we are separated in our darkness
So God let Him who knew no sin
To become sin to make us right with Him
It’s not about religion or earning God’s forgiveness
Or magic prayers or new behavior
It’s all about your heart, He’ll meet you where you are
Turn from your sin and trust in Christ as Lord

Jesus is the truth, the life, the way

How I’ve prayed for this moment, that you would finally see
That God is more than religion, a stained-glass fantasy
And how I’ve prayed for the courage, for my silent faith to speak
Or that God would just send you a better friend than me

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