Read His Words Before Ours!
God is calling us to stand up and stand out.
But not just for ourselves. We are called to let our “light shine before others,” leading them to healing, to wholeness. (Matthew 5:14-16) Who better to speak for the broken than us?
We have been, and are often still, broken.
We have been broken-heartened, broken in spirit, and left with the broken promises of man. But we also know One who is “faithful in all His words and gracious in all His actions.” (Psalm 145:13) It is to Him we lead others.
We’ve frequently needed to speak
with broken words
about broken places
created by broken systems.
But we also know the One who “offered himself without blemish to God” on our behalf to “cleanse our consciences from dead works so that we can serve the living God[.]” (Hebrews 9:14) Because of His sacrifice, we can speak of our brokenness while being made whole. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Who better to tell a hurting, dying, and broken world about a baby born in a broken kind of way to a family many considered broken for none had ever heard of a virgin birth! (Luke 1:26-38) Even Joseph wasn’t sure about Mary’s character. (Matthew 1:18-20) How could a baby born in a feeding trough be anything special? (Luke 2:4-7)
Yet this little family changed the world. This baby, Jesus, grew up to heal and minister to people broken physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and socially. He was the One who would give His life as a broken body on a broken tree for all broken people through the rest of time, so they would no longer be broken, but whole and free. (Isaiah 53:5)
He calls to each of us,
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
We know that as disciples, we are made free. (Isaiah 61:1-3)
This message comes through us, but it is not just for us. Just like He was for all, the message we bring is for all because He is interested in saving us all.
“He himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2)
So we stand up and we share how our faith stands out. (1 John 5:4) It’s not because we are great, but because the One within us is great. (Romans 8:11) He causes us to continually reach for Him Who is greater than any brokenness in us. (Psalm 34:18)
He is the Great Physician who doesn’t say, “Heal thyself,” but “Be healed.” It brings to mind the woman with the blood issue. (Luke 8:43-48) Bleeding for twelve years with no relief in sight, she reached out and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment and was instantly made whole. She was set free from the brokenness that had bound her for too long.
So let us, through every story, help broken people discover how to be free, to be whole by reaching out and touching Him, Jesus, the only One who can make us whole.
“So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.” (John 8:36)
“Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since he who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to provoke love and good works[.]” (Hebrews 10:23-24)
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!