Summary: Are we able to weep with urgency over our friends, family, and people throughout our neighborhoods who aren't in Christ? Are we willing to repent and change that God may use us to bring all the sheep back home?
(Luke 15:1-10; Phil. 3:17-19)
INTRO: I grew up hearing that “real men don’t cry.”
Raise your hands if you’ve ever hear that?
We are told it shows weakness – makes you look kind of lame…so society often tells us.
Now, I have to tell you, I’m a crier….I know I know…It’s hard to believe.
If I watch a movie and something sad happens, or even something good, I’m probably going to cry…I cried in the movie “Armageddon” – it’s not even a sappy movie!
Actually, I call it “misting” because that’s more manly than crying…so we’ll be watching like Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, or dramatic movie, and I can feel it coming on…the WORST are the SPCA commercials…b/c I want to go adopt a thousand cats and dogs…and they play that song “Angel” by Sarah McLaughlin…
That song makes me think about a vulture …It circles around and around…waiting...It’s only played when something has died or is in the process of dying…oh boy…I’m starting to tear up now…that song should be illegal.
I get that lump in my throat…you know what I’m talking about…feels like you’re trying to swallow a baseball…
Then I start tensing my facial muscles, squint my eyes – do everything I can to prevent crying…
Then moisture rises up – my eyes begin to water…I start to sniffle…it’s like a flood building up behind a levee – I can feel the imminent collapse, but I try to hold my ground…and then the Levee breaks…a tear falls…and then Kristy asks, “Honey, are you ‘misting?”
Raise your hand if you’re a crier!
As I was writing this, I realized – hey – I’ll cry about a dying ferret or a person who beats the odds to triumph, or even a videogame (elaborate) – even somebody winning “The Sing Off”…but …I don’t cry in the real tragedy.
We do have a real tragedy going on today, church.
People are not in Christ. People are Lost.
I’m not talking about like, “I need to stop in the gas station and ask for directions” lost – I’m talking about people are separated from Jesus Christ and lost and dying in sin and hopelessness.
There are people – all around you every second of every minute of every hour of every day that are not in Christ…they don’t get to experience his love and this amazing life we get to lead b/c of what Jesus Christ has done.
You know – There are many prodigal sons walking our city streets
they are searching for something…for shelter…from life, from home, from themselves…from decisions.
There are broken homes and ruined families all throughout our neighborhoods
People's hopes have fallen to the ground b/c they feel like failures; they feel overwhelmed; they feel…hopeless.