Hello, friends! I know the topic of study these past couple weeks has been a little intimidating to walk through. You made it, though, and I’m so proud of you for sticking with it!
Brokenness will likely never be something we look forward to. It will never be something that makes us giddy with anticipation. But I think, as we’ve seen over and over these past two weeks, it is something of value.
This prayer of “break me” comes from 1 Corinthians 11:24 (our memory verse):
“And when [Jesus] had given thanks, he broke [the bread] and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’” (NIV)
Jesus knew what was about to happen in His life — that His body would be broken and crushed in the most painful of ways. He even prayed that God would take away this cup of suffering if He (God) were willing. It’s the words Jesus spoke next, though, that ultimately changed the course of humanity:
“... yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42, NIV)
Not my will, but yours. How’s that for a trust fall?
You see, Jesus could’ve decided He was done and walked away from it all, but He knew there was more to the story than what He was about to face. While yes, the suffering He would experience would be unimaginable, on the other side of that suffering was something He deemed worthy of the price — YOU and ME. And so He prayed that God’s will would be done. Can you imagine?
I’m writing this now with tears in my eyes because of the incredible magnitude of that sacrifice. It was unlike anything the world has ever seen before or since. It was a sacrifice of love for us. If you were to ask Jesus if the brokenness was worth it, undoubtedly the answer would be a resounding, “Yes!”
And so again, I bring that question back to you: Is the brokenness worth it? Will you follow the example of Jesus and pray “not my will, but Yours be done”? Even if He leads you into brokenness?
It’s never going to be easy — there’s just no getting around that — but we have a God who sees the bigger picture. Not only that, but as we’ve seen again and again, He specializes in making stunningly beautiful things both out of and because of the ashes of our lives.
Today, I choose to trust fall straight into His arms and pray, “Not my will, but Yours, Lord.” Will you do the same?
Jesus’ life is the ultimate example of beauty from brokenness. His brokenness is the reason we can now be called daughters of God! What will you now do to follow His example and embrace the brokenness, rather than run from it?