GIFTS OF GOODNESS
If you want to develop selfless kingdom skill sets and gifts of goodness, you must be prepared. It’s going to hurt.
You cannot guard your heart. To truly become selfless, you’ll need to let yourself get totally wrecked with the pain of others.
You see, the lack of empathy is the essence of evil. Jesus became a man so He could empathize with us. The least we can do is show empathy to others.
If you want to win a hurting world to the kingdom of God, you must consider the plights and hurts of the struggling lives you cross. You must submerge yourself in the mire knowing that Christ is with you. Let goodness lead you into messy places in desperate need of light and love.
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” – Matthew 10:16
A good friend told me that she prayed to have a heart like God’s. She got what she asked for and she warned me, it came with a high emotional price.
The Father filled her with empathy and brought her a long line of people in dark, desperate situations. While walking through their pain with them, she said her heart was broken. She was totally spent. However, she said getting to take part in the victory when the pain was over made it worth all the emotional turmoil.
It’s time to get personally involved. Supporting ministries is great, but roll up your sleeves and get dirty. Feed and clothe people. Visit the hurting, lonely and imprisoned. Give generously of your money, time and attention. Bring love and order into messed up lives and get wrecked for Jesus!
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. – Hebrews 4:15
From my book: Good Overcomes Evil