Most of us can easily see that our world is broken. The rampant destruction of families, the onslaught of addictive behaviors, the epidemic of abuse and the systemic failure of our society to fix the problems are all signs of brokenness we see pretty much every day. These are real problems that exist right in our own neighborhoods, work places and schools. Throw in the incessant scandals, corruption, poverty and violence that we know exist everywhere in the world, and “broken” almost seems too soft a term to characterize our planet.
The big question is “What do we do about it?”. Jesus clearly stated His own mission with these simple words: “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.” Luke 4:18-19 (NLT). If that is a summary of Jesus’ ministry, we must take it seriously when we are told, “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27 (NLT)
As the “body of Christ,” it is our job to step into the broken places of our world and show Jesus’ love to the broken people of our world. It’s a task beyond us, but a task clearly assigned to us by Jesus Himself when He said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” John 14:12 (NLT)
The assignment to Reach the Broken Relentlessly is clear and it has been given to us by Jesus Himself. It is beyond our natural human talent and strength, but we can do it… by simply believing Jesus and stepping into action.