This One is for the Broken
Have you ever noticed that people in the Church pretend to have everything together? I find it unfortunate that we feel pressured to pretend that God has accomplished all sanctification work in our lives. We refuse to be our real selves for fear of judgement. Yet the truth is we are each broken and messed-up people. Each one of us is a sinner in need of savior. Jesus is that savior who frees us from the bondage of sin, binds our wounds and restores us to right relationship with God. We live in a world where sin tempts, hurts and saddens us on a daily basis. Can we just admit that the effects of sin are still very real and present in our day-to-day lives?
The men and women of the Bible were broken and messed-up people just like us. Moses has a confused identity being a Jew raised in an Egyptian household. He kills a man and then runs away and becomes a shepherd in the desert for forty years. Esther is an orphan in a foreign land and is enslaved to a foreign king under the label of queen. Jonah is asked by God to proclaim grace and yet he refuses to be obedient to God’s call and instead lets his own selfishness and prejudices get the better of him. Gideon is living in fear. David shirks his responsibilities and ends up destroying a family and killing a man because of his own sinful lusts. Peter denies his savior three times and ends up falling into a group of prejudiced Jews who did not associate with their gentile brothers and sisters in Jesus.
I want to remind you as Paul does, “Think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.” (1 Corinthians 1:26–29) God wants to used broken and messed-up people like us because it is precisely because we are broken, messed-up, sinful, normal nobodies that God gets the credit when He gives us grace and God gets the credit when we begin to, however dimly and brokenly, reflect Him.