The Stronghearted – final part

HERE AND HERE, I reflected on what I call the stronghearted. These are the broken hearts restored to strength by the Spirit of Christ.

Now the final part.

We meet many people in life. As disciples of the Messiah, we have a desire for others to be at peace with God. The best way we know to do this is by knowing and accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior.

We frame this neatly in our heads. And our hearts?

What do I feel when they don’t respond to my attempts to share the Gospel?

Frustration? Resentment? Maybe anger even?

How many of them do I put in a box labelled, “No Hope“?

But the stonghearted sees something deeper here. It sees it’s own weakness and limitations.

You wrestle and fight with these…

When I use the No Hope or I Don’t Want To Offend excuse, what I’m really saying is:

  • I’m afraid my pride will get hurt if I keep trying.

  • I’m too busy to be worried about their soul.

  • I’m too proud to fail.

  • I have no time for them.

  • This is too hard.

I don’t know about you, but God waited 22 years for me to come around.

We must be ready for long term – even lifelong – spiritual war campaigns, not instant gratification.

YES. We must recognize our human limits, but don’t place the same limits on God. NEVER LOSE HOPE.

And pray. Pray hard for the lost sheep.

NOW. These frustrations reveal something deeper in you —  a weakness and a deep need for God. Not just that you need him to soothe your soul, but that you depend on him to win souls.

There are no heroes here. Only the brokenhearted that owe all to Christ. It’s his victory alone. And when they see this, the stronghearted respond with patience, compassion, and mercy.

You intercede in a self-sacrificing, genuine, and transparent way. You love and serve more faithfully, no matter the current or future outcome.

Jesus healed 10 lepers. Only one returned. Do we expect our odds to be better?

It takes a strong heart to face your fears and accept limitations.

Face the shallowness of your trust in God. Then break through the bottom.

Dig deeper.

Challenge the limits of your patience and perseverance. Ask God for this grace.

This struggle occurs most commonly in families, among friends and co-workers even. You know the drill. You open up and talk about God… and they slam the door in your face.

So what are you going to do?

I don’t know if the time for mass revivals and conversions has past. I’m not sure if the Body should be crying out for that kind of thing. God will show us. But for now, we must strive forward.

Our Great Captain calls upon the Body to crush Satan’s head.

The stronghearted keep loving and serving. They set and respect boundaries. They remain faithful.

Do true good. Have no other motive.

And wait. Pray for an opportunity.

And when you see an opening, act with the weight of months or even years of prayer behind you. Enter into their heart on your knees to plant a great and powerful seed.

And they will come and go. Ignore you. Fool you. Insult you. Betray you. Shower you with false praise to tempt your vanity.

And if you remain stronghearted, you will die for them.

And for just 1 soul saved, a heavenly celebration erupts. Saints and angels cry out with great joy.

It goes along with the watchful, faithful waiting for the coming of our Lord.

Look for him upon clouds with angels.

This is the way of the stronghearted in Christ.

The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God:Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

“You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Matthew 26:63-64

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