Blog by my daughter Chelsey Jones (age 18 going to James River Leadership College)
These past few weeks there has been a heavy weight on my heart. I have quieted my soul before the Lord and truly asked myself this question: What is it that my heart breaks for? Does it break for my own selfish desires, or for the things that break the heart of God?
We are all guilty of getting wrapped up in our selfish desires. For me, I become so consumed with my life and my struggles that I lose sight of what it is that God has called us to do.
He has called us to be His arms and feet extended to a lost and broken world. He has called us to seek and save that which is lost (Luke 19:10).
This next phrase may come across as harsh, but I am finding it to be true–Life is bigger than you. Sounds cliché, but do you truly believe it? When all is said and done, and life throws you a curve ball and you feel like giving up, do you really believe that life is not about you?
I understand that there are seasons to deal with your baggage. I understand that there is a proper time to face yourself. In fact, I think until you face yourself you will never be able to do what God has called you to do. But, I do not believe that God would call you to a lifetime of sitting in your sin.
There are bigger issues, problems, tragedies and heartaches occurring everyday. While your problems may be the end of your world, they are not the end of the world.
Here is the brutal truth–people are dying. People are hurting. People are waiting for someone to genuinely care. We cross paths with people everyday who need to hear the name of Jesus. Whether it’s in your workplace, school, or grocery shopping; we are called to bring people to the heart of our savior.
This burden is becoming very real to me. It is my prayer that everyone who claims to be a Christ follower would truly not make it about themselves. God did not create you so you can mope around in your emotions. He did not create you to sit on the side lines and watch someone else fulfill your calling.
He created you for such a time as this (Esther 4:14). God positioned you on this earth, in this generation, to be a part of a people who are carriers of His presence. To show a desperately broken world that our God is love (1 John 4:8).
Get alone with God. Pursue a deeper relationship with Him and don’t stop until He reveals Himself to you. Ask Him to expose your flesh and examine your heart (Psalm 26:2).
Take time to truly ask yourself this question: What does your heart break for?