Burning hearts conference 2016
When I saw the website, I thought to myself that it is just a session of soaking in God and going deeper in prayer. So I thought why not? Sessions with God is always good.. little did I know that it was not only a prayer session but a missions session…
16 June 2016 – Francis Chan
I have always heard so much about this gloriously bald dude who wrote the book ‘crazy love’ (Yes I bought the book!) and I was so excited to hear him speak! The sermon was from Isaiah 6 and I felt I could relate very well with his sermon.
Isaiah 6: 9-13
9 He said, “Go and tell this people:
“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
10 Make the heart of this people calloused;
make their ears dull
and close their eyes.[a]
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”
11 Then I said, “For how long, Lord?”
And he answered:
“Until the cities lie ruined
and without inhabitant,
until the houses are left deserted
and the fields ruined and ravaged,
12 until the Lord has sent everyone far away
and the land is utterly forsaken.
13 And though a tenth remains in the land,
it will again be laid waste.
But as the terebinth and oak
leave stumps when they are cut down,
so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.”
This got me crying. A friend once questioned ‘what do you think you can do? save them? sorry man there are too many and so little you can do’ That sentence, although it was at wee hours, caught my attention. Yes, there is very little I can do and I have never dealt with people like that. What can I do for them anyway? Pray and then?
Francis continued his sermon explaining the verse above : Missions, going out to the nations… Go… okay go… and you think once you respond to the call to go, there will be revival. What if God gives you an assignment like Isaiah to go to a country but nobody listens to you? Was Isaiah a loser? God already told him in advance that nobody will be listening to him.
John 15: 18-19
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
If you want to glorify the worth of a watering trough you work hard to keep it full and useful. But if you want to glorify the worth of a spring you do it by getting down on your hands and knees and drinking to your heart’s satisfaction, until you have the refreshment and strength to go back down in the valley and tell people what you’ve found.
My hope as a desperate sinner hangs on this biblical truth: that God is the kind of God who will be pleased with the one thing I have to offer — my thirst. That is why the sovereign freedom and self-sufficiency of God are so precious to me: they are the foundation of my hope that God is delighted not by the resourcefulness of bucket brigades, but by the bending down of broken sinners to drink at the fountain of grace.”