Have you ever been broken???
You know… that feeling of emptiness or a deep heaviness that cannot be described. You’re perplexed…sad…overwhelmed…tired… and the list goes on…
Simply put…. you’re just plain ol’ broken….
You don’t feel “all put together” and you may even find yourself fighting to smile above the tears welling in your eyes.
Well, if you can’t say that you’ve felt this way before, I can! I’ve been broken… A LOT! And sometimes people around me don’t even realize just how deep my internal battle runs. Yeah, I am quite experienced at putting up this facade like everything is “a-OK”. Let’s be honest, no one wants to feel broken (and if we are experiencing moments of brokenness, we don’t want other people to know it). We all want to feel like everything is all good. We want to be happy and healthy and enjoying life, right? Living a perfect life would be ideal for many of us, but the more important question is would a trouble-free life be beneficial to us????
Have you ever stopped to think about how your troubled, broken moments are of great benefit to you in the long run???
Let me explain….
Sometimes we have to experience brokenness so that we can get closer with the Father. It is during those broken moments that we tend to seek The Lord a little bit harder. When we are broken we are less religious and ritualistic and more authentic and earnest in our pursuit of Christ. When we are broken, we are utterly DESPERATE for Christ. When we are broken, we are not seeking Christ because we think its something that we “should” do, but we pursue Him from the depths of our soul because we are truly thirsty for Him. When we are broken, we can really see how much we need Christ. Our brokenness opens us up to really search for the only thing that can fill our voids… and that is Christ.
Its easy to say that we want a perfect, carefree life. But if we had that perfect life, would we be as diligent in our pursuit of The Lord?
For me, I can answer that question with an honest NO. I know that I would get lax in my pursuit of Christ. I know that I would spend more time being “busy” with life and less time communing with my Father.
I have grown to truly appreciate my broken moments. Those moments always bring me closer to Christ. So if God has to break me in order to draw me closer to Him, then so be it.
Lord let me be broken.
Yes, I sure will
"No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” (John 10:18 NLT)
Make no mistake about it, Jesus’ crucifixion was not a happenstance occurrence. He didn’t die on the cross because He was incapable of defending Himself. He was not outnumbered, nor was He helpless in the situation. Jesus had full power, authority, and control and could have easily crushed those who were persecuting Him with the blink of an eye.
But He didn’t…
He CHOSE to lay down His life….
“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.” (John 10:14-16 NLT)
Jesus laid down His life to save the lost. He laid down His life to pay a price that none of us could ever pay. If Jesus had not laid down His life, then there would be no hope for you, me, or anybody else. We’d all be doomed to eternal damnation. So think about every blow that He took, every insult that was hurled at Him, every lash with a whip. He took all of this by choice. He took all of this knowing that He had the power to stop it at any moment if He wanted. He took all of this knowing that He was truly blameless. But most importantly, He took all of this to save lost sheep like me and you. This is what I see when I see the crucifixion. I see Jesus choosing to endure something so that I can be saved from the pits of Hell. What do you see when you reflect on Jesus’ crucifixion?