Summer Snippet 9: I am not broken

I recently had a day that was filled with Christians describing themselves as “broken.” By that night I was both tired of hearing that word and wondering if it’s even true.

I know what Christ followers mean when they say they are broken. They mean they needed Jesus in the first place as much as anyone else. They also need to depend on Him minute-by-minute in order to live victoriously just like everyone else on the planet.

But are we really broken?

Why would anyone want to become a Christian if all they hear us say is, “I am broken.” I don’t think we should say that sentence in present tense.

I am not broken.

I was broken, but when I placed my faith in Christ, the Spirit of God moved into my heart, a personal relationship with the God of the universe was established, and Jesus is returning to establish an eternal Kingdom that I will enjoy forever.

In Christ, I am not broken…and neither are you.

Sure, I am not perfect, but God has been healing the broken spaces and wounds caused by my past and is leveraging my suffering and all aspects of my life for His glory. In his hands, the broken pieces I handed Him are becoming parts of a beautiful whole.

We can choose victory.

Though we are not broken, we can live broken. We can live a Christian life in our own strength and not stand in the truth of what He says about us. We can choose not to act forgiven. We can live like our God is weak. But in such cases, we aren’t broken; we are choosing to live broken.

That is different.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. (Colossians 2:9-10)

These verses don’t sound like they are describing broken people, because they aren’t describing broken people!

You are not broken, so refuse to live as if you are!

Picture Explanation: These two children had quite the week. She finished her field work that completes an Occupational Therapy degree and her brother started high school. The door is swinging both ways around here.

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