I have given you My heart – a heart that breaks for the lost and hurting. Bear their burdens just as I bear yours. Your weakness makes you strong because a broken heart makes you available to do My will!


The book of Jeremiah is a prophetic book about the burden bearing side of Jesus. In Isaiah’s encounter with the seraphim in the throne room of God, this is the face of the ox.

Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet. He’s the brother that cries all the time. While that would have gotten him beat up on the playground at most any elementary school in America, Jesus doesn’t mind all those tears.

A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise. – Psalms 51:17

There’s a way you can only know God through a broken heart. The Bible says He will draw near to the broken hearted. There’s something about a heart that’s been shattered and vulnerable that God cannot resist.

It’s where He can best be seen as a good, kind and loving Father. And what does a father do for his children? He bears their burdens. He takes the blows. He does the work. He takes the responsibility, and as he does, he protects and loves on his kids.

That’s what Father God is like. He wants to take care of you – provide for all your needs. But many of you have the “I can do it myself” attitude Adam and Eve fell victim to. You don’t think you need God. Trouble is, you’re not Him, so you need to stop kidding yourself.

Stop protecting your heart. Let it get broken by the poor, the widow, the orphan, the seeker. Let the sick and hurting bring you to tears. Cry for those so lost in their sin – so distant from God’s love – they cannot see how badly they need Him.

Weep with those who weep, just as Jesus wept when His heart was broken. God can use a broken heart to accomplish much for the Kingdom. Bear someone’s burdens today.

From my sermon series JESUS UNVEILED