Holy Anxiety

For a devotional on Sunday evening I read this heart-breaking story about a family’s loss due to war. I read it simply to awaken us to the intensity of human suffering. I then finished with two quotes to remind us about our responsibility. 

This from Ravi Zacharias:

There is one place in the world where there is an aggregate, an accumulation, of human suffering—that is, in the heart of God. God then takes some of those heartaches and funnels them down into the hearts of His servants so that they might sense His burden and proclaim His message. This holy anxiety is an indispensable prerequisite to significant communication.

This from Jesus Christ:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

As followers of Christ may the latter be our proclamation as well.

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One Response to Holy Anxiety

  1. Becca says:

    Mark 12:29-31

    29Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD;

    30AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’

    31″The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

    It it possible to be a follower of Jesus and not feel holy anxiety for our fellow image-bearers?

    I love the picture Ravi Zacharias’s quote invokes!

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