When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. (John 11:33)
Just a day or so ago I read a great quote from my friend and faithful preacher, Neal Pollard. He said, “You can tell a lot about a person by what breaks their heart.” What is it that really moves us? What really causes us to hurt and be troubled in spirit? When Jesus looked upon the multitudes, he was moved because they were as sheep having no shepherd (Matt.9:36). Paul’s spirit was stirred within him when he saw the city of Athens given to idolatry (Acts 17:16). Are we irate and irritated when the game doesn’t go our way, or when the server at the restaurant is not attentive enough, or when the noise ordinance is not being enforced? Are we moved when the lives of innocent babies are ended in the name of someone else’s rights, or when immigrants are mistreated because they may not have the proper paperwork, or when souls hungering for truth are turned away because they do not fit the mold of what we think a potential convert ought to be? We may want to examine what it is that really troubles us. It may be more revealing than we realize.
“Father, give us a heart that is broken and contrite. Allow us to be moved at the things that matter to you. Help us to see things as you see them. Forgive us when we are consumed with the petty things of this world rather than those that are eternally important. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”