Growing in Faith: Are You Easily Broken?
When was the last time you were completely broken?
I sat there crushed. That morning at church was not normal. Almost immediately I found myself overtaken by a massive wave of emotion. Words stripped away “the cares of the world” that entangled me and brought my heart back to what really matters.
All it took was one little girl to bring me back to completely broken.
You see, I wasn’t just feeling bad for someone or sad about their current situation. Don’t get me wrong, compassion for others is a wonderful gift! But what I experienced at that moment was different.
I was simply but deeply broken over the lost people in this world and the immense need for them to learn of the God who saves.
That day, our Pastor was sharing a few prayer requests from people in the neighborhood. Requests from the previous Saturday, when our church held a medical clinic outreach. Knowing our church is in an area that is steeped in poverty, drug addiction and crime of all kinds, I thought my heart was prepared.
We heard of someone’s struggle with arthritis. Another person battled with alcoholism. And another was imprisoned by a meth addiction.
There was the little girl. She came and requested prayer because she had just lost her Mom to a drug overdose.
That was it.
The tears started flowing and wouldn’t stop.
Yes, it should be a “soft spot” for me. I unexpectedly lost my Mom 16 years ago. But that truly wasn’t what broke my heart. At that moment, it seemed that all was stripped away again and I was instantly reminded of what my heart already knew.
What matters in this life the most is reaching others with the good news of the gospel. What matters the most, is where we spend eternity.
A Heart Check
That week I was convicted once again to reflect on what that meant to me. If I really believed that, how could I live it out more often in my daily life?
Side-note: Do you ever have those realizations of how stubborn you must actually be if God is allowing you to learn a particular lesson OVER and OVER again?!? Well, I do, more often than I would like to admit and this was one of those moments.
As most people, I am not technically in the mission field. But I also know that as believers, we are all called – as we are – to share the good news with others.
Really? Oh yes, and how I fail in that regularly! Ministry is not so much what you do, but who you are. God will use us and our unique experiences for His glory if we let Him – failures and all.
When processing this, I was brought back to what I was taught long ago.
To what it meant to be Faithful, Available and Teachable – F.A.T. in my relationship with the Lord. Not as a to-do list, but as a way of helping my heart be prepared for whatever God wants to do.
Not sure what I mean? Let’s take a look.
I Want To Be FAITHFUL In My Relationship With The Lord
- Faith produces righteousness For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” The more faithful we are, whether in the daily smalls or in the never-ending-thorn-in-the-flesh-mountain-sized-trials, the more our faith will grow. The more our faith grows the more righteous we become through Him. We will never be righteous by what we do, but by what we believe. It starts and ends with faith.
- Faith gives you understanding that you can’t see – Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Faith gives us understanding. Understanding to view things from a different perspective. Understanding unites knowledge (facts/data) and wisdom (seeing things thru God’s eyes) and helps us to act accordingly regardless of what might be going on around us.
- Faith allows you to see what is really permanent. John 17:3 – And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. Isn’t it easy to forget what is permanent? Life is flooded with things fighting for our attention. If you are like me, you are distracted and entangled in a world that is constantly moving. It is so easy to forget what is real, what is permanent and eternally important. God is unchanging. His word is unchanging and the need for His people to share the hope and beauty of the gospel is just as important today as ever. Faith reminds us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus daily and have an eternal perspective.
I Want To Be AVAILABLE In My Relationship With The Lord
- Being Available Gives You God’s Strength. Strong in the Lord is not what I feel most days, actually quite the opposite. But I know that my Father is looking for those whose hearts are committed to Him. That thought gives me strength, His strength. 2 Chronicles 16:9 – For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. By making my heart available to Him, I am strengthened to do whatever He is calling me to.
- Being Available Helps Us To Be Obedient. Being obedient to whatever God is asking us to do is much easier said than done. Preparing our hearts in advance, allows us to step out when called upon in seemingly little or big ways. Isaiah 6:8 – Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
I Want To Be TEACHABLE In My Relationship With The Lord
- Being Teachable Cultivates Growth. In order for true lasting growth to take place in our life, we need to be teachable. Proverbs 8:34-35 – Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors. For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord.
How can we know if we have a teachable heart?
Blessed is the one who listens to me – Are we consistently listening to Him through prayer and through His word? We all stumble and fall in this, but I beg you get back up! It’s ok to stumble but we have to get back up again.
Watching daily at my gates – Are we actively looking for Him? Asking for His eyes to see? Looking for His perspective on life? His direction?
Waiting beside my doors – Are we waiting on the Lord? Are we submitting our agenda to His sovereign will? To me, that often means minute by minute submission! Waiting for Him often separates us from our own purposes.
Brokenness Can Lead to Wholeness
Often in life, God allows us to be broken to set us on a path to wholeness through Him. Brokenness can bring us to a saving relationship with Jesus. Then, brokenness can lead us to a deeper relationship with the Lord, a more clear vision for His will in our lives and the power to make more of an impact for Christ on everyone that we come in contact with on our journey.
Brokenness CAN lead to wholeness if we have Faithful Available and Teachable hearts!
But let’s also be real in this friend…
I know quite well that being broken is no fun and often extremely painful. I would love to be able to pray for you in it. I am here.
What area are you being broken in?
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I look forward to hearing from you!
O Lord, You have pleaded the case for my soul;
You have redeemed my life.
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