If you have ever watched television shows like Law and Order or Judge Judy, you may have heard the phrase “burden of proof.” In a court of law, whichever legal party has the burden of proof is responsible for providing evidence that supports their case and proves their assertion. If someone is to be prosecuted for a crime, the prosecution carries the burden of proof and must demonstrate that the defendant is guilty.
Is there enough evidence to prove you guilty of being a follower of Jesus? Just as Jesus’ life verifiably demonstrated that He was connected to the heart of the Father, so should our lives prove that we carry God’s compassion and heart for the lost. “Break my heart for what breaks yours” is more than just a catchy phrase in a popular worship song. This is the prayer of a disciple. If we want to be like Jesus, we must go where He went, we must have compassion as He had compassion, and we must actively partner with what God is doing.
This 3-week series “Burden of Proof” explores what it looks like to carry God’s heart of compassion and to partner with Him both in prayer and in action.