Eternal Value in a Broken Vessel
By Curtis Crews
When pressed by the convicting power of the Holy Ghost I must confess that much of “my will” has been done and not “Thy Will”.
Without a personal encounter with the Lord that results in brokenness we only succeed in creating religion and dry dusty doctrine. Without brokenness we can as believers become successful in our own strength. Only the Spirit of Life can accomplish things of eternal value and it can only flow through a vessel that is broken.
We sometimes measure ourselves and others with natural senses that feed the pride of our temporary life. We aspire to do much, but God actually does the most with the least so He must increase and I decrease.
My brokenness is directly related to a revelation of this personalized cross that reduces me. Do I see what God is after in all His dealings with me in my life circumstance? He’s not after my money as some church leaders say. He actually wants my life to become “an offering”.
I have a word for “me and you” that’s burning in my heart. “If you are living in your understanding then you have not died to yourself and God cannot use you in the measure and dimension that He would desire. Stop trying to be who you are not and learn to trust in and partake of His nature. Humble yourself this day for His purposes go far beyond your understanding.
You may have done a lot of good things and religious things but God has some things that will remain undone “until” you cease from your labors and enter in to His rest. It is from this place of resting in Him that faith begins to work in your life. The victorious life of “Christ in you” is waiting, longing to be released into every circumstance.
Would you allow the Lord to so deal with you that you are brought to a place of weakness and brokenness? Would you be willing to remain in that place? Perhaps there is some thorn that the Lord in His sovereignty and infinite wisdom might allow to remain in place for a season.
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (Disciples’ Literal New Testament): “I appealed-to the Lord about this three-times that it might depart from me. 9 And He has said to me: “My grace is sufficient for you. For My power is perfected in weakness”. Therefore most-gladly I will rather boast in my weaknesses in order that the power of Christ may dwell upon me. 10 For this reason I am well-pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with constraints, with persecutions and distresses for the sake of Christ. For whenever I am weak, at that time I am powerful”
“Lord Jesus, even when everything is falling apart and nothing is going my way, I just want You to know that I love you”.