• Jack Selcher

Are You Broken?


Who needs a totally wrecked car, a cell phone that flunked swimming lessons or a worn-out windshield wiper blade? We throw away broken things.

Surprisingly, God uses broken things in his unfolding plan. He transforms stone into food-supplying soil. He uses fungi and bacteria to break down dead vegetation to enrich that rock dust. He uses the broken light of a rainbow to remind us of His covenant to never again destroy life on earth with a colossal flood (Genesis 9:13). When Gideon and his 300 men followed His plan and broke pitchers, He used the resulting pattern of light to cause their enemies to flee (Judges 7).

Jesus fed as many as 20,000 people, including women and children, with five broken barley loaves and 2 fish from a boy’s lunch. In the youth’s hands the lunch was a meal for one. In Jesus’ hands it became a meal for a multitude, with 12 baskets of broken barley loaf left over after everyone had eaten (John 6:1-14). A woman broke a container of precious ointment to anoint Jesus, and He commended her (Matthew 26).

God used the broken body of His Son on Golgotha to bring salvation to everyone who trusts in its adequacy to pay sin’s penalty. We celebrate this salvation when we participate in the Lord’s Supper. “And when he had given thanks, he [Jesus] broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me” (1 Corinthians 11:24, NIV).

God uses broken men and women, humble, dependent, yielded to Him, and no longer filled up with themselves and their own interests. He uses contrite, broken, weak vessels and empowers them by His Spirit. His strength is made perfect in their weak, broken places (2 Corinthians 12:9). Their light shines (Matthew 5:16), and He gets the glory. So, are you broken? #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freechristianleadershipresources

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