1. Every person is broken.
All of us. Me. You. The most perfect person you can think of. A hot mess. Sin has pressed its ugliness into every one of us. It just comes out in different ways. Thanks Adam and Eve! Really, for me, the thanks goes to…me. I can get it jacked up on anything at anytime. I am a sinner.
2. Every person tries to hide brokenness.
None of us likes to be called out or exposed. Especially church folks. So we hide our brokenness and sin. We put on a mask and play the game. Play acting. Bible word: Hypocrite. Love it when people tell me they don’t want to go to church because of hypocrites. I always tell them to come join the club. It’s their own way of hiding brokenness.
3. Hiding brokenness perpetuates the pain.
Our sin will find us out. Every.stinking.time. It just eventually oozes out. Trying to hide our sin and play like we have it all under control only causes the pain to grow more intense and last longer. Don’t worry. You’ll be at the end of your rope…the bottom of the barrel…pretty soon. The old saying “Confession is good for the soul” is not just good advice – it is Bible counsel to all of us.
4. God loves broken people.
David. Peter. Moses. Paul. And every other person God encountered in the Scripture. You are in good company. But these people did not just remain messed up by resigning themselves with “Oh well, I am just a sinner.” They encountered God. And God loved them. Often by correcting them. Never by overlooking their transgressions. And He loves you too. Really loves you.
5. God’s love for broken people compelled Him to do something about sin.
For most of you who read this, it will sound all too familiar. The Son of God. Perfect life. Passover. Lamb of God. Gruesome death. Veil torn in two. Sacrifice. Substitute. Empty Tomb. Believe. Faith. Trust. It all equals this one thing when it comes down to this First Five. Hope. God transforms broken, sinful lives into restored, resurrected, new creations.
Lance Lang reminded us that there is HOPE. You know my weekly blessing. Romans 15:13 – Now, may the God of HOPE fill you with joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in HOPE. It’s not just Lance’s story. It’s your story. Just as he reminded us of HOPE, you go tell your story and remind them there is hope for them too.
With Great Hope,