We live in a broken world full of broken people. We know that. We see that. We say that. Jesus did, too.
Matthew 9:36 (NKJV) says: “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.”
Jesus was moved with compassion for the broken. Missions happens when we are burdened for broken people. It was in our brokenness that Jesus found us, loved us and saved us.
The story of missions is the story of people — missionaries — who are burdened for people. Burdened enough to go. Burdened enough to sacrifice their lives for the lives of others.
The harvest is plentiful, and we need laborers. But laborers are birthed out of a burdened and broken heart for the lost and weary and scattered. Our vision and impact in reaching the world will never be bigger than our burden for broken people. That’s the catalyst to missions. That’s the heart of missionaries.
We indeed live in a broken world full of broken people, but does that “move us with compassion?”
May we be burdened for broken people during this World Missions Day season and every day.