Joshua 2 - Rahab
Take a moment to think back to the last time you were excited to buy something that cost you a little bit of cash, something that you had to save up to buy. Perhaps it was a new smartphone, ear pods, a new sweatshirt, or a video game console. Whatever it was, I want you to imagine opening it, getting it set up and ready to use for the first time, and your friend accidentally spills hot coffee all over it. It is totally busted, stained, ruined, broken. There is no resurrecting it. It is so frustrating when this happens. Typically, we try to find a way to return or exchange it. But what if you can’t? The next step is likely to throw it away. After all, it's not fixable.
Unfortunately, many of us feel this way, broken. We feel like our life has been stained by the way others have treated us. We think we are broken when we don't measure up in our studies, sports, or whatever hobby we have and even enjoy but are not good at; we feel like other people are better, have life figured out, and make better decisions. We look at ourselves and think broken. Sometimes we do something just as low, and we think of others as broken. As soon as this label lands, we have a way of throwing ourselves and other people in the trash. It's like an excuse not to try, or to downplay things that are important to us. We become apathetic about everyone we perceive as broken, whether it is us or someone else.
It is essential to know that our definition of broken is not God's definition. God recognizes that we are far from perfect; we make mistakes and even intentionally sin against Him. Yet, when He thinks of His children, those who have put their faith and trust in Him, God doesn't point His finger and say, "look how broken they are!" Take a look at this:
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you……..
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
There is no doubt that we face trials and fall short; in reality, we are broken. But if we have put our faith and trust in God, we can know that He is renewing us day by day. At the end of that renewal process, we will be with God in heaven for all eternity. This is amazing! It doesn't matter what you have done or how broken you are; God can renew and restore. He can do what no one else can. This means that it all starts by recognizing we are broken so that we will turn to Him, knowing He can do good work in us. Brokenness does not equal trash. Brokenness means we can let God in to work in a way that only He can. The reality is, we all need His healing touch to be remolded and shaped into His image.
- In what way have you used the brokenness label?
- Have you slapped it on yourself? Pitied yourself? Not tried as hard or given up because you feel inadequate?
- Have you slapped others with the label? Have you ignored, pushed down, belittled people because you perceive they are broken?
- Spend some time in prayer and ask God to give you a lens to see yourself the way He does. To see others the way He does. Ask Him to help you surrender your ability to label and instead trust His promise of renewal.