This morning our church had the opportunity to share with one another what we are thankful for. It was absolutely incredible to hear about all of the things God’s been doing in each person’s life, including the really tough and heart-breaking situations. As one person would sit down after giving thanks, the next courageous person would stand up and share about what the Lord has been able to do in their lives. It was like a ripple-effect of thanksgiving. One person after the other. I finally mustered up the courage to stand up and share about what I am thankful for; “I am thankful to be able to serve a God who uses our brokenness and uses it for our good and His glory.”
God is able to use the brokenness of our lives and somehow use it for good. Do you believe that? I sure do. Not only do I believe it because I’ve had the privilege of seeing it in my own life and the lives of many others, but I also believe it because it is a biblical truth found in Romans chapter 8, verse 28 which reads; “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
It’s hard to believe that God can use the broken pieces of our lives for good when we’re walking through the midst of brokenness. I know first hand that it can be extremely difficult to be able to see beyond what is paining you at the time, but did you know that we are blessed when we are broken? (Mathew 5:3). It is God’s way of maximizing our effectiveness to reach others.
I once heard someone say “Our influence over others is in direct proportion to our brokenness before God.” This statement is so true. All of us are broken in some shape or form. We’ve all been broken due to sin. But something truly amazing happens when we allow that broken area of our lives become the catalyst for serving Christ and others. Charles Stanley once said, “All that I am and all that I have is God’s. He is in me and I am in Him, and that’s all that matters.”
I remember in 2013, I was laying in my bathtub one night just so unbelievably broken up about my past mistakes. At that moment, I felt that I had nothing left to offer God. I cried out and said: “God, what have I done to deserve this?!” That night, I could hear the tender whisper of the Lord say, “I have never stopped loving you, despite the things you’ve done.” It was then when I knew I needed to repent and ask the Lord to forgive me of my pride, self-reliance and sinful habits. It was then when I knew I was in desperate need of a Saviour.
The truth is, God never accepts us on the basis of what we’ve done. Instead, He accepts us because of what Christ did for us on the cross (Ephesians 2:8-9). He tells us to stop relying on ourselves, and instead rely upon Him.
God stripped me of the one thing I held dear to my heart, which was attaining a certain body shape and weight. In as much as I wanted to look like the women on a swimsuit magazine, I needed to understand why God was saying no to me always being on the treadmill, eating less than the required amount of calories my body needed in a day. I needed to understand why this was wrong because my motives were wrong. I was depending on a stellar body to make me happy rather than depending on the Lord to fill me with His joy. And no matter how hard I tried to depend on other things other than Him, He remained absolutely committed to bringing me into a place of wholeness and spiritual maturity. I had to commit myself to Him in order for there to be a true transformation of my heart and character.
What is it that you are thankful for this day? Could it possibly be the brokenness of your life?
And He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. – 2 Cor. 5:15 NKJV