Living with Eternity in mind series #5
My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.
Psalm 51:17 AMPC
When we give our lives to Christ, its just the first step with many others to follow. There are so many things in us we have to let go of.
You may be struggling with anger, bitterness, malice, hatred, lying, stealing, addictions and other things. We are clay and we give ourselves to God who is the Potter and we ask Him to knead us into what He wants.
But this process won’t be easy. We are going to lose some excesses and go through the fire to become what we’re supposed to be. A beautiful work of Art.
Today, we’re looking at Brokenness and becoming like Christ.
What does it mean to be broken as a Christian? In simple terms, It means to shed whatever is in us that isn’t of Christ. It means to endure the pruning process to become more like Christ. Why are we Christians if not because the most important thing is to become more like Jesus? It’s not for the sole reason to get to heaven (and ofcourse you would need to do more than confess Jesus but LIVE like Him) or to bear the title ‘Christian’ for title sake. Neither is it just to feel among or to join the crowd. It’s more than that. So much more!
Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.
John 15:2 AMPC
Pruning is to cut away excesses that aren’t needed in our life or where God wants to take us to. This pruning process we go through can be difficult atimes. It may even be when we are studying and meditating on God’s Word and we come to see an aspect of ourselves that we didn’t realize was not so good. It would hurt, especially if you are feeling you had already dealt with that area.
I was struggling the other day. I was so annoyed that I just needed to be alone to think and share my ‘vexation’ with God. I was hurt and I wondered why love? Why do I have to love this person at the end of the day? How did Jesus love when people hurt Him? I needed a formula I could just follow and know yeah… if this happens just do this and voila! You’re good to go.
I didn’t get any formula. I just got the understanding that I was proud. Proud??? Me? Seriously? But yes, unfortunately I was. If I wasn’t proud I wouldn’t let the words the person said get to me ’cause all I was on about was how could the person say that to me. I went through that day annoyed. Why does it have to be me getting the discipline and not the other person? Why is it me that has the problem and not the other person?
Looking back now, I know I needed to learn something there and it all points back to love and me learning to love people as they are as God also moulds them into who He wants them to be. I just need to focus on what He wants to do in me. How He wants me to be more like Him.
But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, [Prov. 25:21, 22.] To show that you are the children of your Father Who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the wicked and on the good, and makes the rain fall upon the upright and the wrongdoers [alike]. For if you love those who love you, what reward can you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that? And if you greet only your brethren, what more than others are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles (the heathen) do that? You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect. [Lev. 19:2, 18.]
Matthew 5:44-48 AMPC
Quote for the Day:
Going through the motions doesn’t please you, a flawless performance is nothing to you. I learned God-worship when my pride was shattered. Heart-shattered lives ready for love don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.
Psalm 51: 16-17 MSG