The popular song, Hosanna, by Hillsong has a line that says, “break my heart for what breaks Yours.” It’s always at this point in the song where people seem to get really into the worship. Hands go up. People’s faces get intense. If you’ve been around church for long at all, you know what I’m talking about.
I’ve reflected on these lyrics over the years and while I love them, I can’t help but take my prayer a bit further. Yes, I want God to break my heart for what breaks His, but I also want my heart to respond to the brokenness like His would. What good is brokenness if we don’t allow it to lead us to wholeness?
I’ve seen some serious brokenness in my lifetime. There’s brokenness in my family. There’s brokenness amongst my friends. There’s brokenness in my city. And there’s most definitely brokenness all around the world. So yes, let’s allow God to break our hearts over the brokenness, but let’s also be willing to be agents of renewal when He calls us, which is everyday.
It’s hard for me to reconcile how so many in the church can sit comfortably on a pew, resigned to the fact that they are supposed to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We aren’t just called to believe that Jesus exists. We’re called to extend the Kingdom of God on the earth. It’s a privilege that we get because we are adopted sons and daughters of the King. We get to partake in the family business yet many have no interest in making their Father famous. They seem to have no interest in getting their hands dirty and their hearts shattered for the sake of the Gospel.
Heartbreaking is what it is. I’m heartbroken over people like this because I believe God’s heart breaks for them, too. Just like His heart breaks over the man enslaved to a field owner or a child dying from a preventable disease or a woman being raped in the name of war, His heart breaks for His children who are complacent.
I’m not saying they’re bad, they’re not really Christians, or anything of the sort, but I am saying they’re missing out on all that God has for them. It’s been my experience that you learn SO much about God when you’re amongst heartbreak. By allowing Him to break our hearts for what breaks His, we also give Him the opportunity to fix our broken hearts and reshape them to look like His.
This is what I desire for more people to experience. I invite you to start praying this prayer for yourself and those around you. Let's not be afraid of the hard stuff. The victory has already been won and we've been empowered by the Holy Spirit to change and renew our world through daily acts of love. Don't be afraid to allow your heart break to lead you into action. After all, that's what is asked of us.
"God break my heart for what breaks Yours, but please don’t stop there. Teach me to respond like you would so I can be transformed into the image of Your Son every time my heart breaks. May I leave this world looking more like Jesus than I do myself."