This City is Yours                by: Elevation Worship

This city, Lord, it is yours

So break our hearts, break our hearts

For the people who are far from you, break our hearts

Teach us to love, the way You loved us

Send us out, send us out

Pour out Your fire, and flow through our lives

Send us out, send us out

Bridge:

The heart in my chest, it is beating so fast

I can hardly contain all the hope in my veins

As I see You alive in this city arise

Like the sun shining bright, we see darkness and night run

This city, Lord, it is Yours

Teach us to love, the way You loved us

Send us out, send us out

Pour out Your fire, and flow through our lives

Send us out, send us out

We’ll take to the streets with fire in our hearts

Send us out, send us out

This song is quickly becoming one of my favorites.  I love it because it’s really a prayer: break our hearts.  The request for the Lord to break our hearts for the lost is an interesting one.  The reason we must ask is because it’s actually a very unnatural thing.  It’s unnatural for us to notice people and really CARE that they are eternal beings, people missing the peace that can only come from the Lord.  It’s unnatural for us to set aside our schedules, our families, our lives and really see people as Christ sees them: valuable souls who are in need of a Savior.

When looking at the scriptures, people who are lost and broken are the very ones you see Jesus hanging out with, visiting, reaching out to, and eating meals with.  The King of kings dines with sinners.  He spends His days on this earth with the sick, tax collectors, and prostitutes.  THEY are the ones who need a Rescuer.  They are the ones He is broken for.

This song also reminds us that we are sent.  We have been entrusted to carry on the work of Jesus to reach a dying world. Jesus “came to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10)…and He tells his followers: “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (John 20:21)  That’s why this song has rekindled a passion within my own heart for people who are far from Him.  There are no ordinary people, no ‘face in the crowd’ to Jesus.    Every person is valuable in His eyes and His desire is to be in a relationship with each of us.  May this song impact you the way it has impacted me and cause you to reach out to the people in your life who need Christ.

“So break our hearts for people who are far from You, break our hearts.”

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