“How long has it been,
since your eyes filled with tears,
over those who are lost out in sin?”
This is the words to a song sung by one of my favorite groups, The Rochesters. It came to mind this morning as I was watching Animal Planet.
There was a story about a man who had a heart for the street kids of an inner city neighborhood. He was known for walking the streets, witnessing to any who would listen. He eventually took in an abused and abandoned dog, nursing it back to health, and then took it along with him on his walks.
He came upon a teenage boy who was hurting and living a life of horrible circumstances. He told the boy about the tragic story of the dog, then about its’ rescue, recovery, and hope. He then explained that the boy could be rescued too, because Jesus heals our hurt and loneliness. After accepting an invitation to attend a local church that night, the teenager was saved, and is working to turn his life around.
As I looked at the boy’s eyes, I could see the sincerity of his new-found faith. I could sense the hurt he experienced. I began to really understand how lonely he has been since his father passed away, leaving him to take care of himself. Then, I started getting a lump in my throat, and before I knew it, the tears began to fall. It was at that moment, that God reminded me that I had not wept for a soul in a while.
Tears for a soul are the result of an understanding of what is awaiting us…either eternal life, or horrible death…and the further understanding that some just have not “gotten it”. Either they haven’t heard the gospel, or they have ignored it. Either way, the tears are a representation that someone is going to face the consequences of hell…and when you know what the consequences are, you are grieved for your friends and family even more…
“…Then he said, “I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.” Luke 16:27-28
I am convicted today that I need to weep more. I pray that God will use me to make known the alternative to death, …the hope that is in Christ Jesus, my Savior, …One that I should want to share more with those around me.
I pray for more tears, and a heart to stay down on my knees in constant agony for souls. I pray that I will stay that way until God, Himself, wipes away my tears (Revelation 21:4) and declares the work to be done.