As He approached and saw the city, He wept over it,
I wonder some times about the direction of the Church today in America, where numbers equal health, and the budget is more often than not the sign of blessing in our minds. I wonder do we have the heart of Jesus, or Donald Trump? Do we weep over the brokenness and dysfunction around us or are we so busy applying our purpose and vision statements that we barley notice what is happening around us.
Jesus wept over Jerusalem because he knew what was in store for her.
42 saying, “If you knew this day what would bring peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come on you when your enemies will build an embankment against you, surround you, and hem you in on every side. 44 They will crush you and your children within you to the ground, and they will not leave one stone on another in you, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”
As Christians we know what is in store for those who do not believe the Gospel, but are we broken over their unbelief like Jesus, or are we too busy to notice? Do the voices of Rick Warren, John Maxwell, and others like them have more say in our lives than the Holy Spirit who according to Jesus was sent to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and the judgment to come John 16:8. (Sounds like Jesus weeping over Jerusalem!)
I’m Pentecostal! I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit so the question I ask myself is this “Do you believe this passage in John?” If I say yes then the next question is How can I allow the Holy Spirit to use me in this purpose? So I go back to my my original question do we have the heart of Jesus or Donald Trump? The lost where the reason Jesus went to the cross, I’m afraid the temptation for us is to embrace the business mind set and seek out those who fit in to our purpose or vision and to hell with the rest literally!
There are exceptions of course men and women of prayer who hear the heartbeat of God for those around them, the people who’s lives are being destroyed by sin at work in them. Then there are the rest who struggle to grow church’s with the latest trend and see it fail time after time.
What if we quit measuring our success on the number of people in the pew’s and started measuring it by the number of salvation’s, or looked at the growth in baptism’s instead of budgets? What would our cities, counties, and states be like then? We need the heart of Jesus and not the Donald.
The Holy Bible: Holman Christian standard version. (2009). (Lk 19:42–44). Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers.