Bringing Abundance To The Brokenness
I got back on social media this weekend after being off for 21 days, and y'all - there is so much stuff going on.
So much hard stuff.
I mean, without social media I have been walking through and wrestling with my own things, but when I got back on Facebook and Twitter it felt as though I had walked into a room of people screaming at the top of their lungs while still feeling unheard.
The brokenness, the division, and the anger were all so present - it all felt so heavy.
I was sad, frustrated, and quite frankly, just over it, within a short few minutes.
And with the continued rise of social media and trending news, the heaviness never seems to go away.
We are more connected and aware of the brokenness in our world than ever before.
And it isn't just us as believers who are aware of this brokenness - this disarray.
Everyone seems to know.
Everyone seems to know that things aren't right.
But we all seem to have different answers to the madness. We all seem to seek justice in different ways.
And the division continues.
Because the answers that best suit you don't suit me.
The solutions one group comes to do not satisfy the other.
And divided we remain.
We Are Not The Solution
This brokenness isn't new. It's a condition we've inherited from ages past.
Back when humanity was first created, and we were deceived by Satan and chose to not trust in our creator's goodness but instead tried to know good and evil for ourselves (see Genesis 3).
Ever since then, we've been living in brokenness.
While many of us are aware of the brokenness around us, we are unaware of the brokenness within us.
And it is because of this brokenness within us that we alone, can not be the solution to all of the brokenness that we see both in our lives and around the world.
When we rely solely on our broken selves to find solutions we come up with broken solutions.
Therefore, we can not be the solution.
God Knows This
God knew this. He knew we couldn't do it ourselves. And even while we chose to not trust Him, He chose to make a way for us so that this brokenness that we find ourselves in, would not be permanent. He sent His son Jesus to come and live with us, to teach us His ways, to die for us, and to defeat sin and the grave.
"The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come so that you may have life and life to the full." - Jesus (John 10:10)
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The enemy, loves the disputes and heated mudslinging that occurs in our media at a national and social level every single day.
He loves pitting us against each other.
Satan wants to steal our joy, kill our hope, and destroy God's people.
And we are letting him do it.
Every time we post a status or share a video grounded more in emotion than in truth, the enemy wins.
Every time we share a story to prove our side of the argument, the enemy wins.
And every time we choose to treat the other side as less than, the enemy wins.
Overcoming The Brokenness
So how then, if Jesus came so that we may live fully complete in Him, do we continue to live fully in the brokenness?
How do we live an abundant life in the midst of so much brokenness?
As believers, we must live as lights in the darkness and remind people of the following:
1. We are not at war with each other
In Paul's letter to the Ephesians he writes, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms," (Ephesians 6:12, NIV).
Division among humanity is nothing new since sin entered the world. But we must constantly remind ourselves that though we fell away and are broken, God's love for humanity never changed.
And neither should ours. Jesus said that they would know us as believers by our love.
We are not to struggle with one another in such away that would increase our distance between us and God or the distance between our opponent and God.
In other words, how we go about finding solutions should not cause us or members of the other side to sin.
2. Justice will prevail
Ultimately the scriptures tell us in Revelation 21:4 that, "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
Justice will prevail. Though this world will remain fully in the brokenness for some time longer, we can have hope in knowing that the oppressed will be heard, the enslaved set free, and the suffering will be healed when our great savior returns.
But for now, in His love and kindness He waits so that more of His children will return to Him before He comes to judge the earth.
3. We are not the solution, but Christ in us is
Jesus said it was better for Him to go away and sit at the right hand of God instead of stay here with us so that the helper could then come.
This helper, is the Holy Spirit. The spirit of God, the spirit of Christ.
And it dwells in each and every one of us who have surrendered their lives to Jesus.
So while broken people create broken solutions, if we seek the counsel of the helper through prayer, time in the scriptures, and biblical counsel, God can do some pretty incredible things through us to bring light to the broken places in this world.
And that is exactly what He calls us to do.
"Do all things without grumbling or disputing. So that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world," Philippians 2:14-15, ESV