Brokenness is not a negative word as many would think. It is not even a spiritual logjam that you want to avoid. It is not also a mental inconvenience that conjures the imagery of weakness in the heart of the spiritual pilgrim. When the word “brokenness” is mentioned amongst Christian people, a certain sense of recoil and dissent would seem to invade the atmosphere. It is a recoil that seems to imply that another unnecessary bottleneck has just been introduced.
When King David compared the best of sacrifices with the sacrifices of a broken and contrite heart, he affirmed with these precious words in Psalm 51:17 “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise,” that God delights in the activities that proceed from a broken heart.
The joyful outcome of the above submission is that when we render service to God from the place of brokenness, we move from the lowly place of breakdowns to the lofty places of breakthroughs in our lives.
What then is Brokenness? Brokenness is contriteness. And contriteness is humility. And humility is allowing the ways of God to prevail over our own ways. I call the ways of God the higher ways of life. I often describe them as the advancement strategies of life because of their inherent propensities to advance our victories in life.
Paul the great apostle to the Gentile nations rekindled our hopes with the revelation that the grace of God is the panacea for every breakdowns of life. He pointedly noted that the power of God for victory manifested the most in his own life when he was weak in his own personal agitations. He subsequently rested his struggle with brokenness with this submission, “…Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities (weaknesses), that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9).”
James the Lord’s brother laconically reminded us in James 4: 6-7 that our journeys of grace are further amplified in no small measures when we humble ourselves to the promptings of God. James wrote: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” He further added this clincher to it, “Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Hallelujah!
What does this mean to the professional person who feels unqualified to serve God, it simply means that you should be broken enough to submit your inadequacies to God’s adequacies. You should submit your personal preferences to the ways of God. Doing that would galvanize your outputs with the fresh empowerments of God. What does this mean to the sick person who feels beaten and battered by the upheavals of life? it means that you should be broken enough to believe that God has laid your pains on Jesus. What does this mean to the brother or sister who is battling with sins, guilt, and condemnation? It means that you should be broken enough to receive the love of God in your situations. it means that you should submit your mental analysis that produce guilt and condemnation to the mandatory provisions of the scriptures.
Perhaps one of the major ways the humility of the Christian man and woman is tested is in the place of respecting spiritually constituted authorities. As New Creation children of God, it is important to note that, “…They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh…” Yes, they have become “The righteous children of a righteous God.”
Consequently, as New Creation children of the kingdom, we must constantly remind ourselves that we were born in Christ, not in crisis. We were born from the place of spiritual advantage, not disadvantage. We are the inheritors of spiritual power not weaknesses. We have been loaded with the spiritual capacity to respect the simple admonitions for conformity in a gathering, we have the wisdom of Christ to submit our personal idiosyncrasies to the basic guidelines in an association, and above all, we are doers of the word, not hearers only. So, we defer to instructions that help to facilitate the common good of a gathering of people for Jesus. We are vessels of joyful service for Jesus.
Yes, we are the signposts of Christ.
Let us, therefore, unleash this uncommon capacity in us to flow with the protocol of kingdom service and stewardship. Doing that empowers us for higher grace, and the place of higher grace is also the place of higher breakthroughs. May the Lord bless his word in our hearts today in Jesus name. What do you think?