“Why Do You Look So Heavy Hearted?”

“Why do you look so heavy-hearted?” Ryan asked. He was meeting with his friend, Vin, a new disciple, hungry to grow in God. He had just led him through a process of turning from old sin into the deeper identity Christ gives His followers.  

Vin contemplated what the Holy Spirit had just revealed to him.
“I’m realizing for the first time how terrible I actually am… my real self,” Vin answered.

“That is actually a good thing to know,” Ryan encouraged. “It helps us know how big God’s grace really is.” Ryan didn’t think Vin was convinced, but he knew the Holy Spirit would continue working in Vin’s heart. He moved to end their time in prayer.  

“No,” Vin stopped him. “I’ll pray first, then you.”   

Vin then prayed a clear proclamation of the gospel over his own life. He expressed deep sorrow for his sin and overwhelming thanks for Christ’s ability to cover it, and the Father’s rich love. 

Ryan was in tears. “Seeing the powerful movement of the Holy Spirit to break and reshape a heart is this life’s greatest joy.”  

Pray as God shapes Vin to be the kind of person that He uses for His purposes! And pray for more workers! For how can people like Vin call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe if they have never heard? And how can they hear unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? (Romans 10:14-15a)

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