“But a certain sign of grace is this
From a broken earth flowers come up
Pushing through the dirt”
Wholly Yours by – The David Crowder Band
I’ve been involved in church since forever.
Not like a little involved but deeply entrenched in the church since the day I was born. My father was a fantastic minister (you’ll hear more about him in the weeks to come) in a thriving church. My mother was heavily involved as well.
My older brother was the youth pastor there for many years, with whom I volunteered for 9 years, and is now a senior pastor a thriving and growing community church.
So when I say that I’ve been involved in church, take me at my word I’ve been involved in church.
Over the years my opinions and my revelation of who God is and what He is calling us to be has changed. One of the biggest changes has been in relation to ministry. My whole life I was taught and encouraged that ministry was important and necessary for a mature Christian.
Weird twist I noticed over the years. I would talk with people about ministry, or compassion whatever word you want to use, and there was one theme that came up a lot.
To be clear it never came from my mother, father or brother but was just a part of church.
The theme was one of getting healthy before we serve. The idea that we need to get to a specific level of personal health and intimacy with God before we could really get out into the world and live the great commission.
People would say things like “I just need to get closer to God first” or “I’ve got some things God and I need to sort out before I can get into service.”
Somewhere along the way it became the norm of a large portion of Christians to think they need to whole and complete FIRST. That once they were whole and once they were really connected to God they live the compassionate life.
I think we’re really missing the point here.
I love the lyrics from the song at the start. The idea not just beauty in brokenness but beauty from brokenness. Then to take it a step further and say; beauty can come from brokenness because of grace.
That is marvellous.
That is life changing.
That is never be the same kind of revelation!
We don’t have to be whole! We don’t have to be fixed or all sorted to serve. We don’t have to be perfect or totally connected to God to start.
We can be broken and still share beauty.
I think we’re often told either directly or indirectly to get ourselves clean up and sorted, then go and serve. Once you’ve gotten good enough you can because to share love and grace and God.
I’m telling you categorically you can do it today. You can do it in brokenness. You can do it in darkness. You can do it right as you are this very moment.
And here is the best part. If you really want to be whole, if you really want to be connected to God, then love others.
Share God’s love and grace and you’ll find some of what you’re looking for.
The excuse that we’re not whole is part of what is holding us back from being whole, from being what we were made to be. To love and live in community and the share the life giving grace and experience of knowing Jesus.
When we wait to be whole we are taking away God’s chance to let Jesus burst forth from the brokenness of our lives.