How Do You Fix What is Broken?
I don’t like broken things. Items that break are discouraging, seem a waste, and just are not as good as the originals. When things break I first make every attempt to ”fix” them myself or have others see if they can make repairs, and then when all else fails the next move is to get rid of it.
Here lately it seems that there are more than just ”things” that appear to be broken. I see a world of broken systems in politics, environmental issues, injustices, and the list could go on and on. But even bigger and more alarming I see broken people through circumstances, relationships, poverty, sickness, and many other life altering situations that appear overwhelming.
Which is why when the Christian group, Sidewalk Prophets introduced their song, Keep Making Me, I just didn’t get it. I didn’t want to sing along asking God to make me broken. My life seemed broken enough without asking God to make me even more so. It sounded ludicrous and I learned a long time ago not to pray for God for things I was not fully invested in. So certainly praying for brokenness wasn’t going to happen. It was one song that I wouldn’t sing along with. But then a funny thing happened.
As I was reflecting on a verse in the Bible one day I suddenly realized that I didn’t understand what broken meant to God. Asking God to make me broken is the one thing that I should want and must do. It is necessary for me to understand that God is in control and be able to trust in Him fully. God loves the broken because it is only through being broken that we can trust and depend fully upon Him.
Looking to the Fixer
God so desires for us to look not to ourselves but to Him to be in full control. He is waiting and ready to bless us when we acknowledge Him as the only one in charge. We must be willing to realize and admit that we are sinners. We are the broken and only He provides the glue that puts us back together. Until we recognize this we remain broken and unfixable.
This week’s focus verse is David’s plea for mercy, forgiveness, and cleansing. Broken is not a bad thing for when broken we are willing to accept God fully in our life. We place Him in charge admitting there is no number of good things or actions that we can do to fix ourselves. God loves every broken spirit and repentant heart. He wants us to come to Him not some of the time but all of the time with a contrite heart seeking to be fixed. We are very fragile and break everyday through one form or another so we need ”fixing” every day.
Make me broken So I can be healed 'Cause I'm so calloused And now I can't feel I want to run to You With heart wide open Make Me broken 'Till You are my one desire 'Til You are my one true love 'Till You are my breath, my everything Lord. please keep making me Keep Making Me, Sidewalk Prophets
It doesn’t matter how broken you are or what your brokenness is, God simply asks that you are ready and willing to come to Him with a genuine heart.Â Now, when Keep Making Me comes on the radio I am ready to sing at the top of my lungs. Won’t you join me by praying every day Lord, make me broken?
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O ”˜God. Psalm 51:17 (NLT)
The Broken Application
Isn’t it great to know that when you need to be ”fixed” there is no application process? There is no list of good deeds to perform or hoops to jump through for God to issue forgiveness. When the broken in spirit needs a repair job all you must do is seek God with a genuine attitude.
Admitting yourÂ brokenness is not a bad thing and it doesn’t mean that your life is suddenly going to take a turn for the worse. You need to realize that it is the brokenness that you want, so God will take and heal you to do what He desires for your life. Seeking forgiveness is for everyone, for all are lowly sinners and there is no one who is above that title.
Historians tell the story of Charlemagne’s funeral. He was one of the greatest Christian rulers of the early Middle Ages. Upon his death there was a great funeral procession that lead from his castle to the Cathedral at Aix. When the royal casket arrived with all of its pomp and circumstance,Â the local bishop met them and barred the cathedral door. ”Who comes?” the Bishop asked in full custom. ”Charlemagne, Lord and King of the Holy Roman Empire,” proclaimed the Emperor’s proud herald bearers. ”Him I know not,” the Bishop replied. ”Who comes?” The lead bearer, a bit shaken, replied, ”Charles the Great, a good and honest man of the earth.” ”Him, I know not,” the Bishop replied again. ”Who comes?” The bearer, now completely crushed, responded, ”Charles, a lowly sinner, who begs the gift of Christ.” To which the Bishop, Christ’s representative, responded, ”Enter! Receive Christ’s gift of life!”
In God’s eyes, there is no one above the other. There is no earthly human that is ”good enough” to make entrance into the presence of God. You have to come to God openly and honestly admitting that you are a sinner and know that only He can rescue you.
You must think differently in the world that taunts a life successful only ifÂ filled with worldly achievements. God turns that thinking upside down and requires you to recognize that broken is a good thing. So be free to take up the challenge to trust God fully with your brokenness finding your convictions taking you first to seek God. To ask Him for forgiveness of what you recognize and what you do not, knowing that God takes the broken and makes them whole again. So won’t you find deep comfort in knowing that God cares for you so much that He wants nothing greater than to apply the healing glue to fix you for eternity?
Love in Christ,
The Church Is Like a Hospital
There was a minister who had a favorite slogan that he often repeated in his sermons. He said, “The church is not like a country club; it’s more like a hospital.” That’s what Jesus was saying when he gave us the direction, “… do not invite your friends … or your rich neighbors … invite the poor, the disabled, the lame, and the blind….” You and I are not in the church to impress one another or to win power struggles; we are here to minister to one another in our weaknesses. We are here to be hospitable.
Richard W. Patt
CreditsÂ Gondola Jr., A. (2000). Come As You Are. Lima: CSS Publishing Company.Â Patt, R. W. (1997). All Stirred Up. Lima: CSS Publishing.
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