By Georgia (Jo) Kent
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11
Life sometimes delivers the unexpected. Lessons learned in the school of hard knocks. We are often left bruised, dented and scarred. It’s important to know that this damage does not define you, it is refining you. When it seems like you are at the bottom of life’s bin remember that Jesus paid a high a price for those of us at the bottom. We live in a broken world with broken people. We all have areas of brokenness; Broken dreams, broken spirits, broken hearts, broken relationships, even a broken sense of self-esteem.
A broken heart can hold us back from taking part in an authentic and loving relationship, a broken self-esteem can stop us from having a positive and productive personality, and a broken spirit finds it virtually impossible to experience real joy.
“Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21
In Corinthians 12:9 Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Through the brokenness of our lives we can become the vessels that God intended us to be. God gave us wisdom which is in His word. Through His word brokenness can be repaired. Maybe that broken dream was your dream that did not fit His plan for your life. Possibly that broken relationship was never ordained by God because it was never part of His plan for your life. As difficult as it may be for you to believe this today, the Master knows what He’s doing. He knows your breaking point. The bruising and crushing and melting process is designed to reshape you, not ruin you. Your value is increasing the longer He lingers over you.
“We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8
Have you made a mess of your life and wish that you could start over? Are you a broken vessel in the potter’s hand? If God left us broken, there would be no hope. Let the love of God break you so that you may also be a vessel for the Master’s use.