Heart For Others
Greater love has no one
than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. —John 15:13
As the young people set up
for a concert in the town square in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the worst problem we
anticipated was sunburn.
The chorale from Grand
Rapids, Michigan, was in Jamaica to encourage believers in Christ and to spread
the gospel through music. They had been looking forward to this outreach event.
Midway through the concert,
a woman who didn’t like the message of the music began shouting angrily at the
chorale. Apparently, the God-honoring songs were more than she could stand.
After several tense minutes, a bystander tried to quiet her. A fight ensued,
and we began to fear for the safety of the young people. Finally, she ran away,
and the chorale finished the concert.
Later, I said to one of the
girls, “Well, we won’t do that again,” indicating that our priority
was to protect her and her friends. She responded, “If one person came to know
Jesus, it was worthwhile, even if we were in danger.”
What a response! Sounds
like Paul, who was willing to suffer so that people would come to know Jesus (2
Cor. 11:22-30). This girl was concerned for people she didn’t even know. That’s
true love for Jesus—caring for people while moving personal needs to the
Lord, let me to live from
day to day
In such a self-forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray
My prayer will be for others. —Meigs
God’s love in our heart
gives us a heart for the lost.