Have you ever felt broken? Not in a sense as though your heart breaks, or you feel so sympathetic that you're broken, but as though you are shattered piece of pottery lying on the floor, just waiting for someone to sweep you up and throw you into the trash. If the answer is yes, know that you are not alone, and know that there is more for broken pottery than to be swept up and thrown away.
GOD LOVES THE BROKEN
Let me begin by making this clear. YOU HAVE VALUE! There are too many scriptures to list that point to this fact. Scriptures that tell us we were made in the image of God, the very hairs on our head are numbered, scriptures that talk about the cross and the empty tomb. So if we are valuable, why then do we sometimes feel like that broken piece of pottery on the floor? The simple answer? Sin. But if we allow sin to ruin the perfection God created, why does He keep us? Why not sweep us up and throw humanity away? Because GOD LOVES THE BROKEN. Instead of seeing God’s redemption as second chances, what if we saw them as God giving value to the broken pieces of humankind?
REPAIRED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS
There is an old Japanese tradition called Kintsugi. In this tradition, the broken remains of high-value ceramics were repaired. But they weren't just glued or stapled together all willy-nilly. These broken pieces were glued together with lacquer mixed with gold and other precious minerals such as silver and platinum. The result was these magnificent pieces of art made up of the remains of broken, valuable, potteries. As you can well imagine the repaired ceramics were valued much more than even the original pots and jars. The same is true of our broken lives when put back together by the blood of Jesus Christ.
I’m not saying that life will be perfect and flawless when we have Christ in our hearts. What I am saying is that when we give our brokenness to Jesus for repair, what we get back in return is of far more value than what we were originally. Galatians 2:20 says “For I have been crucified with Christ, AND IT IS NO LONGER I WHO LIVE, BUT CHRIST WHO LIVES IN ME. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” When we submit our broken lives to God for repair, we get back a life eternal with the Holy Spirit living inside us. And if you ask me, that kind of life is far more valuable than I could ever have imagined living on my own.