Do you get discouraged when you mess up? Do you beat yourself up and even feel like giving up sometimes?
Here are four reasons why we actually need to embrace our brokenness:
1. Jesus doesn’t want “good” people.
“I have not come for the righteous, but for sinners.” None of us are naturally good or righteous . Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for being hypocrites that saw themselves as sinless kings while they viewed everyone else as sinful, worthless peasants. They rejected Christ’s gifts and miracles because they felt they didn’t need them, but it was the outcasts and the needy who were humble and willing to receive His grace.
2. Our weakness is a requirement to truly receive His working power.
We will always be flawed as human beings, but it’s when we begin to think we can handle things on our own that we start to fail. We begin to lose our peace, lose direction and feel like we need to work for salvation. When we start to feel this way, it’s a sign that we may be striving by our own power and not resting in His power and promises.
Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
If life has felt hard and heavy lately, then you are most likely trying to carry the load by yourself. Allow Him to carry it for you.
3. It helps us to remain humble.
Imagine what we’d act like if we instantly became flawless, perfect humans once we received Christ. We’d quickly turn our attention from God and begin exalting ourselves and giving ourselves credit for our good qualities.
We need to remember our flaws so we don’t begin to judge others. We need to remember that without Him and without the Holy Spirit guiding us, we are still the same exact broken person we were before.
4. It reminds us why we need a Savior.
Embracing our brokenness doesn’t mean accepting defeat or embracing bad habits. It’s about remembering what God has done and is doing for us daily. It’s knowing that without our daily walk with Him, we’d quickly return to being slaves to sin.
It’s Jesus’ power and our dependence on Him that keeps us free and redeems us – not our own humanly efforts. That’s why we needed a Savior in the first place.
“But Jesus said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10