Daily Service: God uses broken people (not perfect)
There is an old expression out there that says God helps those who help themselves. That is not true, and it is also not in the Bible. What the Bible teaches us is that God helps those who realize they cannot help themselves and who recognize their need for him. This is what Jesus reminds us of in this parable (the Pharisee and the publican in Luke 18). The broken person recognizes that they need God. When they understand their need, they call upon him. When they call upon him, he comes to help. People who do not recognize their brokenness never understand their need for God and refuse to call upon him for help.
Here is what Psalm 34:18 says – “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
If your heart is broken today and you are in a place where you recognize your need for God, you are exactly where God wants you to be. He is close to you ready to step in and help you in your situation. All you have to do is call upon him.
The word empathy means to be able to understand and share the feelings of others. At some point in our lives, we have all been hurt, broken, troubled, crushed, bruised and in need of help and the comfort of God. This is the essence of being broken. Because we understand what it looks like and feels like, we can in turn help someone else. In other words, broken people help other broken people.
I believe the experiences you face in life are not just for you. They happen so you in turn can help someone else. How can you help me overcome if you never had to do the same? This is what Jesus did for us. Hebrews reminds us that we have a high priest who has experienced everything we do, so he can help us. He became broken so he could help us in our brokenness. Therefore, we can approach the throne of grace with confidence knowing we have a God who understands and empathizes with our brokenness. Because God demonstrated this model for us through Christ, we in turn must do the same for others. Notice what Paul says in 2 Corinthians:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
If you have been broken before, then God wants to use that. Remember what it felt like and remember how God brought you through it. Take that and go help someone else who needs you because broken people help other broken people.
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