I had a friend once who had come to the realisation that she needed to come back to church. She had made some life choices that had left her quite isolated and full of guilt. When greeted at the door she listed some of her brokenness to the lady at the door. The welcomer responded with something like; “Well, you’re in the right place, we’re all broken people here.” This acknowledgement made all the difference.
There is a perception out there that Church is for the people who have their lives together. The truth is, however, we are all broken. We all have our struggles. If anything church can be quite a messy place, because church is a safe place where we can be real and actually start to work through our brokenness, rather than hide it away.
In Mark 2:17 Jesus says “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
In order for us to come to Jesus, there must be a recognition of our brokenness and our sinfulness. Our sins cannot be forgiven unless we acknowledge them, hand them over to Jesus and ask for Him to deal with them. Just like your GP can’t help you if you don’t tell them what is going on, so Jesus won’t help you if you aren’t open and honest with Him.
In my experience, it’s in that place where we have completely let our guard down and laid all of our brokenness before Him that He does His best work. It’s as we remove all of the layers or pretence and pride and ego that we allow Him to do the deep work of mending our hearts and attitudes and ways of thinking.
Is there something that you have been holding on to that God is calling you to hand over?
Has something of your heart or your past been getting in the way for you?
Let it go.
Confess it to Him who is faithful.
Better still, do it with someone else whom you trust.