My church, Christ Commission Fellowship, has done a great job in emphasizing that there is beauty in brokenness. After four days of fasting dinner and social media, God has imparted so many learnings to me.
A lot of people think being broken sucks, and honestly, it does. It kinda has its perks, though. Some people might think that as soon something gets broken, it gets useless (Well, if you erase God out of the picture). Here are some things that may seem risky to do, but is definitely okay. The world puts these things in a negative light, but we don’t. Brokenness is a process, so let’s get learning.
1. It’s OK to die (to yourself)!
Not literally die, okay? I want to be clear with that. As a Christian who continually and spiritually grows intimate with the Lord, we are expected to die to ourselves. Yes, as soon as we receive Christ as our Lord and savior, all our pasts sins and wrongs have been forgiven; but dying to self is also a godly process of sanctification. This is when we learn to deny ourselves and our worldly pleasures. It means to take up one’s cross. It is when we lay aside our sinful ways, that we choose to die to ourselves and live for Christ. (Ephesians 4:22-23)
Dying to self is a godly process of sanctification.
2. It’s OK to pray dangerously.
What do I mean by praying dangerously? For me, dangerous prayers are the risky prayers. It’s one of those prayers when you ask God to continually break you if it means you get to depend on His strength and power more. It’s asking, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
I used to ask requests from God that was within my plans; I never really considered what God wanted me to do. I’ve always wanted to do something that would be comfortable for me. No risks, no worries. As I matured in the faith though, I thought, “How could I grow and bear fruit if I didn’t align my heart to His will?” I’ve been trying to control and manipulate God by asking Him to let my own plans succeed. It’s so wrong to have disregarded His plans for me, so here I am writing and making you realize that maybe you should ask God to break you, too. Have you ever prayed to be broken before God? Have you ever thought of disregarding your plans so that God’s Will would be glorified in your life? Maybe you need to be broken right now to feel and experience His abounding love, grace and power.
Check your prayers. Are you “praying safe” (get it, “playing safe”) or are you praying dangerously? In 2 Corinthians, Paul pleaded God to remove his thorn in the flesh, for it was causing too much pain; but do you know how God responded to Paul’s prayer? God said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Because of this answer, Paul had a new perspective in his life. He then boasts, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
I pray that we may have a heart like Paul, delighting in weaknesses and trials, because when we are weak, then we can depend on God’s strength.
3. It’s OK to seek for happiness.
Amidst all our troubles, I tell you that it is completely okay to seek for happiness. What happens though, is that we look for happiness in all the wrong places. Maybe that’s why we get hurt and depressed in the end. Here’s the good news: God wants you to be joyful. Jesus even said, “So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.” We may get hurt and disappointed, but we are never characterized by our grief.
Seek Jesus, and all things will follow. Jesus offers us full satisfaction with an eternal guarantee, have you put your complete trust in Him? God didn’t promise a problem-free life, but do you know where the blessing here is? It’s His presence. For me, it would be such a blessing to be broken if this means I’d get to be satisfied and depend only on God’s comfort and presence.