We had the opportunity to speak at Southgate Chapel this past Sunday.  We felt led to talk less about the journey that we started back in 2008, and more about the truths that we have learned from our time over the past 4 years of being obedient to His Spirit and being available to go where He is calling us.  We highlighted 6 truths, so this will be an 6-part post!

TRUTH #1: God uses broken people

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

St. Augustine talked about cracks in our pottery and how God’s light can only shine through us when we know we are broken.  Serenity and I are both broken people.  It is an amazing testimony to God’s plan and His grace that Serenity and I met each other at the pinnacle of both our (however unknown) desire and our need for Him.  Through all of our poor decisions, brokenness, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual sins and more, He had a plan for us.  We have been married for nearly 11 years now and most of it has been God refining us for a greater purpose.  If we would have waited until the Lord completed the work He has been doing in us, and still is, we would still be idle.  As followers of Christ we must move out of our self-serving and self-centered view of Christianity being simply a “superficial therapy.”  Our goal as Christians should not be to fix ourselves and punch the golden ticket to Heaven, but rather, to make ourselves last and become servants to all.  That was the true nature of Christ.  Only when we recognize our own brokenness and humble ourselves to Christ can His light fully shine through us.

One of the most beautiful scriptures to both of us is in Isaiah 58:

and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail. (Isaiah 58:10-11)

The crux to this truth is this: once we have recognized our brokenness and then humbled ourselves to Christ, the way Christ’s light can shine through the cracks is by serving others.  As we serve, our neighbors will see our brokenness and be perplexed that something glorious still shines inside of us.  We must be true and authentic servants.  When we are, the healing that we so earnestly sought, comes naturally from God, our “light will rise in the darkness” our “night will become like the noonday.”  We will be a “spring whose waters never fail.”  Backwards, I know.  Something tells us that we need to figure it out before we can step out or we will be hypocrites.  The same thing tells us that we are unworthy and inferior, but as we see time and time again in biblical story after biblical story, as well as in our own stories, God uses broken people.


3 Responses

  1. In a Bible study at Koinonia tonight, a few of us had questions about how to know when the walk with God begins. Though we had many variations on the answer, you’ve summed it up beautifully here. Our walk with God begins, not when we think we are finally ready…it begins NOW. Kind of like an eternal game of hide and seek…God calling out “ready or not, here I come!”

  2. Thank goodness.

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